Reality of God “Plain Enough”
By Rick Warren
— November 30, 2011
“But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is!” (Romans 1:19 MSG)
About 35 years ago, I was at a camp in the mountains. Alone in a room, I prayed, “God, if you are there, I’m open. If you are real, I want to know you are real. And, Jesus, if you can change my life, I want to know it. If there is a purpose for my life, I want to know it.”
It was the turning point in my life because I was no longer biasing myself against God. I wanted to know the truth, even if it was inconvenient.
Truth can be discovered, but first we have to have an attitude of openness that says, “I want the truth more than anything else.” Once you choose that attitude, you can discover the truth.
For one thing, we can see God at work in creation. Just by looking at nature, we can learn about God’s character. This is why science is so important, because it helps us understand God and his universe.
Did you know there are 60,000 varieties of beetles? This shows us that God likes variety. When we see a volcano, a tidal wave, or an earthquake, we can see that God is powerful. The delicately balanced ecosystem reveals that God is incredibly organized.
The Bible says, “The basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse” Romans 1:19-20 (MSG).
Watch a short video sample from Pastor Rick on the importance of love. Saddleback Resources offers 40 Days of Love, a six-week, video-based study for small groups or individuals that searches the Scripture for what love is, the characteristics of love, and how our relationships can be transformed by love.
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
This devotional © 2011 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.