When Israel came out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of foreign tongue, Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel his dominion. The sea looked and fled, the Jordan turned back; the mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs. Why was it, O sea, that you fled, O Jordan, that you turned back, you mountains, that you skipped like rams, you hills, like lambs? Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turned the rock into a pool, the hard rock into springs of water.
At least part of the Creation understands the power of God, and trembles at His presence. The Earth does. And even the demons believe – and shudder. (James 2:19) It’s really only man who holds Him in disdain.
Strange thing is, man’s received the most. We’ve been given dominion over the Creation, free run of the planet. We buy and sell the land as if it was our own, pocketing the profit without so much as a fair-thee-well. We use its resources like there’s no tomorrow, assuming there will always be more, and are blessed by its abundant harvests. God provides the air we breathe, the water we drink, the materials for the clothes we wear and the homes we build. His light energizes us by day and His darkness rejuvenates us by night.
If the mix of elements in our atmosphere was changed by only a few percentage points, we’d immediately die. The same goes for a few days without the Sun. Our lives here are so fragile that it’s only by the grace of God that we survive. For these reasons alone we owe Him our undying gratitude.
But He’s done so much more. When Satan tricked our first parents out of their land, and all their progeny out of our inheritance, God provided for our redemption, and Earth’s too. And He didn’t just make us even again. He set aside riches impossible to measure and blessings too numerous to count, all payable to us just for accepting His offer of pardon for our sins.
The sad thing is that every man intuitively knows this. That’s why when Jesus described the day of His Second Coming, He said, “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.” (Matt 24:30)
Nations don’t mourn, but the people who populate them do. They’ll mourn because they’ll realize that they waited too long. That little piece of truth that’s lodged in every man’s heart, ignored for too long, will finally be made obvious before their very eyes, and it will be too late. We’re saved by faith, after all, and no faith is required to accept the obvious.
But you’ve accepted in faith what you have not seen, and it has changed your eternal destiny. It’s a promise made by One Who cannot lie, our Creator, our Redeemer, our Lord and our Savior. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). In choosing to believe that you’ve accomplished the over arching purpose of your life, and you’ll be rewarded forever.