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Those who will not see

From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God. — Romans 1:20

“There are none so blind as those who will not see,” my mother used to tell me when I couldn’t find something. She imagined that I did not want to find the offending article! At times she implied that it was a peculiar masculine aberration. She may have been right!

God has a similar complaint about humanity. All people can “clearly see [God’s] invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature” (Romans 1:20) in the creation all around them. The creation abounds with clear evidence of God’s being and character. As a result, “the truth about God is known to them instinctively” (1:19).

But men reject what is clear to them—they push the truth away from themselves. It is not that man cannot know God—it is that he will not respond to the knowledge available on every hand. There are none so blind as those who will not see.

There is more. Man has taken his refusal to see God a perverse step further. He has crafted alternative theories about reality that deny and reject God. He has put in God’s place things that could never be responsible for creation (1:23). Man prefers what God has made to the God who made it!

Throughout the world man is guilty of worshiping materials and rejecting the Maker. This is the ultimate folly, but man does not see it. Man regards this foolishness as evidence of the superiority of human wisdom! There are none so blind as those who will not believe!

A wise man will examine the intricacy of all creation and determine whether it looks like an accident or a created order. He should then ask if the order suggests an intelligence behind the order.

God apparently expects man to see enough in creation to convince him of God’s existence and power. Should a man arrive at the conclusion that there is a Creator, he should then see if there is further information available about the Supreme Being. If he reads, learns, and inwardly digests the Scriptures, he will find the answers to questions about his origin, purpose, reason for being, personal longings, and much, much more—and all in Christ our Lord!

Nothing is more crucial for man’s well-being in life and eternity than finding God. The God who revealed Himself partially in creation leads the seeking man to discover more of His self-revelation in Christ. Eventually the man comes to see the truth in Christ and to experience the salvation found only in Him.

There are none so blind as those who will not see—and none so blessed as those who will—and do!

For further study: Romans 1:1-516-20

Content taken from The One Year Book of Devotions for Men by Stuart Briscoe. Copyright ©2000. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.