Sons and Daughters of God


The Cross Helps Us Understand Nature, August 22

Thank God Every Day for the Cross

For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. Psalm 92:4. SD 241.1

Today man cannot of himself read aright the teaching of nature. Unless guided by divine wisdom, he exalts nature and the laws of nature above nature's God. This is why mere human ideas in regard to science so often contradict the teaching of God's word. But for those who receive the light of the life of Christ, nature is again illuminated. In the light shining from the cross, we can rightly interpret nature's teaching.46The Ministry of Healing, 462. SD 241.2

In the plan of redemption there are mysteries that the human mind cannot fathom,—things which human wisdom cannot explain,—but nature can teach us much concerning the mystery of godliness. Then let the minds of the young, as far as possible, learn from nature's book. Every shrub, every tree bearing fruit, all vegetation, is given for our benefit. The mysteries of the kingdom of God are to be read in the growth of the seed.... God designed that nature should be to man a lesson-book to guide him from the path of disobedience back to God. There is need of a close study of nature under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Lord is giving object-lessons, He is making holy truths familiar to the human mind, through the most simple things of nature.47The Youth's Instructor, May 6, 1897. SD 241.3

Every good thing we have, each ray of sunshine and shower of rain, every morsel of food, every moment of life, is a gift of love.48Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, 75. SD 241.4

The sun and the moon were made by Him; there is not a star that beautifies the heavens which He did not make. There is not an article of food upon our tables that He has not provided for our sustenance. The stamp and superscription of God is upon it all. Everything is included in and abundantly supplied to man, through the one unspeakable Gift, the only begotten Son of God.49Letter 79, 1897. SD 241.5