In a Vacuum
A spiritual vacuum? Yes, can I know God in a vacuum? How can I know about God? Where can I hear His name spoken or read His teachings?
In this modern world, they are many ways we can know God. We have the radio, TV, books, magazines, friends, church, parents, teachers’ internet, tracts and the Bible itself. What if we lived in a world (a vacuum) where none of these exists? Could we still know God? Ok, now close your eyes and mentally take all of that away.
Place yourself alone in an empty field, in a vacuum. The only sound is the clear song of the birds. The only sight is green prairie grass and a blue sky lace with fleecy clouds. Could you know God if that were all you had? If all we had were the forests and garden full of beautiful trees and flowers, all kinds of animals and beast, could we still know God? Would He hold you responsible for not knowing Him?
I think, yes. We (you and I) could still know God, without the media or other helps. Even those who have never heard of God know about Him.
Romans 1:19-20 says “Since what may be known about God is plain to them (made manifest in them), because God has made it plain (shown it) to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities (attributes)- His eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
There it is, simple and straight. I could still have known about God, without the media books, pastors, and all of that. How? The Bible says, what may be known of God is made plain (simple, easily understood, manifest, evident) to us, because God showed it us—so that we might know Him.
God’s invisible qualities are laid before our eyes. We can see His eternal power and divine nature evident in the things around us—the things He made. We see Him in everything—from the song of the birds, to the grass, the blooming of the flowers, the clouds, the rain, the sun, the night and day, we see the wisdom He put in man, the intelligence and intellectual ability to innovate, we see Him in the way which nature lines up after each other, we see Him in the things (some mysterious, others miraculous) happening around us everyday. God has made Himself evident and clearly seen in the things He made.
So what excuse would you have for not knowing God?
In Everyday Life
OK, now let’s place ourselves back in our everyday environment, with all that’s in it – radio, TVs, magazines, Tracts, internet, billboards, Pastors, Teachers, Parents, Friends, Church, books, newspapers, Blogs and the Bible. We have all this things almost everyday of our lives, some of which are constant.
What excuse would we have for not knowing God? We hear the Gospel preached almost everywhere—the media, Church, tracts etc, we have our parents to guide, pastors to teach and shepherd and even on the internet. What reason could you give for not knowing and believing in God?
I am not trying to dispute the fact that we still need to reach out by whatever means to people in remote, undeveloped countries. The Lord wants all mankind to be saved. It is not His will that any perish, but that all should come to repentance. I believe that is why He has made Himself known in every way possible– nature, media, humans and everything, so that whichever way He chooses to reveal Himself to us, He can. I have heard stories of people who got born again without a Pastor preaching or any form of evangelism. I know a woman from a my village here in Nigeria, who shared her testimony of how she got saved without a Pastor, radio or any form of rural outreach.
If according to Paul, it is possible to know God (the knowing might just be knowing that there is a God somewhere who controls and causes things to happen), with or without the media; now we have the media and all these things that can aide our witnessing. Shouldn’t we use them to reach out to the unreached however possible? Shouldn’t we, Christians be better witnesses for Christ, using all the resource available to us?
What are we doing with our knowledge of God and the resource we have at our disposal? To us who know and believe in Him how does He expect us to act on that knowledge? Keep it to ourselves and do nothing about it?
God expects us to use the things we know and have learned about Him to help others to know Him too. Some people have written what they know about God in books, tracts, and on the internet for others to read; some share it on radio, TV, in Church, on the street and others while traveling. What are you as a believer doing with your knowledge of God and those God-given experiences?
You who do not know God (i.e. really know Him, personally as your Lord, your savior, father and friend), what excuse will you give Him, for not knowing Him?
Remember: “… so that men are without excuse.”