5 AM Devo: Can You Hear Me Now?

Thursday, May 30, 2019

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Romans 1:18-20).

Without Excuse

Paul uses this passage in Romans to defend the honor of God and His right to extend wrath. Paul wants us to know that God is righteous and just in His judgment of sin. Humankind has rebelled against their Creator and is reaping what they have sown (Romans 1:21-32).

But, some may say, “hey, what about the people who have never been told about God?” Paul says “they are without excuse.” We gasp at the phrase and wonder, “how can that be?” The reason they are without excuse is that God has reached—and is reaching out to them. He writes, “what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.” The next obvious question is, “how did God reach out?”

Special Revelation

The answer is simple and profound. God has revealed Himself to mankind in many ways. He has expressed Himself and His will through His Word, through His prophets, and through His Son, Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-2; John 1:1-3, 14, 18). Theologians call this, “special revelation.” But that’s not the only way God has spoken—and continues to speak.

General Revelation

Additionally, God also reveals Himself through His creation. Theologians call this general revelation.

The Bible says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge” (Psalm 19:1-2). What the Lord is saying is, the heavens and sky themselves shout out God’s glory and loudly proclaim, “there is a God who created all this—come and know Him!”

This World is An Amazing Place

Amazing facts from Space:

  • The Earth and the other planets within our solar system orbit around the Sun, the Sun itself is orbiting around the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. It takes the Sun 225 million years to perform a complete circuit of the galaxy.
  • Our sun is one of at least 100 billion stars, just in the Milky Way. Scientists calculate that there are at least 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, each one brimming with stars. There are more stars than grains of sand on all of Earth’s beaches combined.
  • The Milky Way is a huge city of stars, so big that even at the speed of light, it would take 100,000 years to travel across it.
  • If the sun were as tall as a typical front door, Earth would be the size of a nickel.
  • The stars we see in the night sky are very far away from us. In fact, they are so far away that the star light we see has taken a long time to travel across space to reach our eyes. This means whenever we look out into the night and gaze at stars we are actually experiencing how they looked in the past. For example, the bright star Vega is relatively close to us at 25 light-years away, so the light we see left the star 25 years ago; while a star named, Bet-el-geuse in the constellation of Orion is 640 light-years away, so the light left the star around 1379. So, if that star burned out, it would take us 640 years to figure it out!

Amazing Facts about the Human Body

  • Your mouth produces about one liter of saliva each day! The average person produces enough saliva in their lifetime to fill two swimming pools.
  • Your body has about 206 bones—1/4 of those are in your feet
  • Laid end to end, an adult’s blood vessels could circle Earth’s equator four times!
  • Bodies give off a tiny amount of light that’s too weak for the eye to see.
  • The average person has 67 different species of bacteria in their belly button.
  • Your small intestine is about 23 feet long
  • The human heart beats more than three billion times in an average lifespan.
  • Scientists estimate that the nose can recognize a trillion different scents!
  • Humans are the only species known to blush (or even need to).
  • Your blood makes up about eight percent of your body weight.

Can You Hear Me Now?

In 2002, Verizon Wireless began running ads with Paul Marcarelli who became the face and voice of the wireless carrier. His claim to fame was his thick glasses and grey Verizon shirt. But, he is, perhaps, best known for the phrase, “Can you hear me now?” The phrase became an intricate part of pop culture and even today it’s still popular. So popular, in fact, that Sprint hired Marcarelli in 2016 to do a television ad for them.

God wants to be heard. He wants the world to know that He is God and that He has provided a way of escape from the wrath to come (1 Thes 1:10). Jesus, God’s only Son, came specifically to die for us. Upon the cross, He became the object of God’s wrath. Our sin and rebellion were nailed to the cross with Jesus (Rom 6:23; Col 2:14). Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin for us (2 Cor 5:21).

Just a Prayer Away

God is not far away. He is as close as the mention of His name—just a prayer away. And, He wants to be known. As the Lord said through Jeremiah, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jer 29:13). He invites His creation, even the rebellious ones, to come know Him and serve Him. Everyone is invited to come (Rom 10:13).

We see God’s handiwork in the beautiful night sky, the aerodynamics of the hummingbird, and at the birth of a bay. Abraham Lincoln is reported as saying, “I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”

God shouts in general and special revelation, “Can you hear Me now?”

If you’ve never trusted in Christ as your Savior and would like to, read over this prayer once so that you understand it, and then read it again from the heart.

Dear Jesus,

I know that I am a sinner. I also know that You love me and sent Jesus into the world to die for my sin and save me from the wrath to come. I believe that Jesus is the Savior of the world and I put my total trust in Him to save me. Come into my life. I want to love, serve, and follow you all the days of my life.

In Jesus’s name, Amen

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