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Look up Through Nature to Nature's God

Recently, I was reading an account of James Clerk Maxwell - a professor of Physics and Astronomy at King's College London in the 1800s, and great man of faith. His work back then provided the basis from which we now have radio, television and satellite.

I read of how, from a young age, he had a keen interest in nature, and enjoyed exploring the intricate details of creation and how it worked. His mother nurtured his interest in nature, but told him to remember to "look up through nature to nature's God."

James Clarke Maxwell's experiments and scientific investigations did not set out to prove or disprove the existence of God; they provided a platform for him to get to know his Creator - by marvelling at creation. Maxwell concluded that although he examined things with a scientist's eye, it showed him that God had designed a wonderful world to explore.

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind."

Job 12:7:10

At the time of writing this blog, we have entered week 8 of lock-down in the UK. There have been numerous news reports on the importance of being outside and in nature, and the effect that it has on our well-being. Many people are being encouraged to go and spend time in nature - to exercise outdoors or spend time sitting in the park.

If you're struggling to believe the existence of God now (which, many people are) then let nature lead you to Him. For those that are in isolation and not able to get out, even looking through the windows to the skies can reveal the beauty of creation - look at the colours, the ever-changing clouds, or the starry night-skies. Because by looking up at nature, we find nature's God.

May the God of nature reveal himself to you as you spend time with his creation.



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