“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psa. 19:1). The words of David in the psalm above could not be more accurate. If you look at the magnitude of the universe and the complexity and beauty of our galaxy, it is impossible to deny the existence of God. Who else could have placed the sun, moon, and stars precisely in the right place in the heavens? Who else would have the power to take nothing and make it into such a beautiful masterpiece? How can all that be attributed to “chance”? It surely cannot be because there is just too much evidence to the contrary. And it is not only in the Old Testament that we have scriptures that enlighten the reader on the fact of the Creator.
In the book of Romans, Paul has just finished saying that those who are unrighteous before God do not want to know Him, so they suppress the truth. He then utters these words, “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” (Rom. 1:20). Like in the Old Testament, these words are written to assure the reader of the existence of God. His power is everywhere, and it is, therefore, in front of our eyes, clearly visible to everyone who is not intentionally trying to deny Him. But there is a catch. The glory and design of all that is good around us can only be attributed to God by those who know of Him. What I mean by that statement is that it could be argued that we could mistake the glorious construction of the earth to another god rather than God if we have never heard of Him.
This is evident by the thousands of false gods worshiped throughout the ages. This was even so during the time of Jesus and even before His time on earth when God’s hand in the history of man was much more direct. I think of events like the Exodus, where God’s actions were clearly visible to the Israelites and their enemies. To nations that had never heard of God, the sun, the stars, and a host of manmade statues became their god as they attempted to ascribe all the beauty around them to a higher being. Today, many billions of people have at least the opportunity to hear of God, but that still does not apply to every person. And left to his own devices, man will make a god for himself.
Clearly, those scriptures do not imply that seeing the beauty of the universe will automatically have the viewer know the one true God. It only means you will see there is a transcendent power in control of all of creation, time, and space in the past, present, and future. But, there is a God who created everything out of absolutely nothing, a God who designed the distance of the sun, the moon, and earth from each other, the atmosphere, wind, rain, ecosystems, beasts of the field, air and sea, mankind, morality, conscience, and love. No half-baked, manmade idol could have done that, and it certainly isn’t “just by accident.” It has to have been and still be a God with infinite power that has existed forever in the past and will exist forever in the future.
God’s name is not written in the stars or on the bottom of rocks. We do not see his signature etched on the belly of the animals or under the wings of every bird. We do not see a “Made by God” sticker on the heart of man, and because of that, we can only correctly attribute all the things of the universe to God once we have heard of Him. In other words, we have to hear of Him by word of mouth or by reading his Word. Only then will the false god be dispelled, and only then will the credit be rightfully given to the one true God and Creator of all the heavens and earth and all that is in it. Hear it, and then allow someone else to hear it by way of your mouth.