Father, I have heard many stories of how missionaries would go into a place no ‘civilized’ man had been before, and the native people already knew of You. They had a name for You. They knew Your character. And that You are the One True God who created and rules the universe.
Even if they have never seen a Bible, a preacher, or watched the “Jesus” film, they already knew of Your love and Your sacrifice for them and their sin. They understand their need of a Savior to be in restored relationship with You. When I read Romans, it became clear that this is part of Your plan. You are not dependent on modern methods to spread Your Gospel, the Good News.
When I first saw “Jesus Christ Superstar”, I resonated with the line in the song “if You’d come today You could have reached a whole nation. Israel in 4BC had no mass communication”. Meaning that if You had waited, You could have had world wide coverage of the event and practically everyone in the world could have watched Your birth, life, death and resurrection on CNN or a televised reality show. But that wasn’t Your plan.
Paul writes such long and wordy sentences that it’s sometimes hard to follow. But I’m understanding that it is not in Your character to judge someone who is unaware of who You are. So to be just, You have given everyone this knowledge. Paul is saying that You are judging people who know You but intentionally suppress the truth of who You are.
They know this, because You have made it plainly clear to them. Ever since You created the world, You used that creation to display and clearly reveal Your eternal power and Divine Nature. That means man is without excuse! There is no reason, when seeing this world and all that’s in it, anyone could deny Your existence, Your character, or Your power.
Thank You for reaching every person with an understanding of who You are. Thank You for showing me so much of Your amazing creation. I have seen Your majesty in the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, vast oceans, wooded valleys, mighty rushing rivers, wide meadows, sand filled deserts. I have seen Your imaginative beauty in dazzlingly colorful sunrises and sunsets, fields of vibrantly colored flowers, and in the eyes and smiles of people of all colors.
I have watched Your mighty power in thunderheads building, lightening storms flashing, tornadoes whirling, waves crashing. Your spectacular creativity is displayed in the vivid and delicate colors of nature – especially in birds and bugs. Your dizzying workings are seen in the intricacies of tree roots and nervous and circulatory systems.
Thank You that You have made Yourself evident. And for the unimaginably beautiful and amazing way You have done it. Amen