It is rational to conclude that there is a Creator of life. The chances of creation all around us and in the cosmos beginning on its own is mathematically impossible. So if we conclude there is a Creator God, the next question is: Can God really be known? Let’s consider two things:
Consider What is Revealed about God through Creation (Psalm 8:3-4)
King David declared “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!” (vv. 1a). What led David to be in awe of not just the creation he encountered, but to worship the Creator behind it all? Before becoming the King of Israel, David was a shepherd boy. He spent a lot of time outside with the sheep, and no doubt many a night he saw the vivid, inspiring canvas of God in the night skies. Absent of the blur of modern day lights, he witnessed “the moon and the stars” (v.3b) and what they had to say.
David continued with “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you set in place” (v. 3). He took the time not to simply glance at all God created, but “consider” it – to observe and inspect closely. It’s being able to see the Creator behind the creation.
David further states that God through His personal effort (“the work of Your fingers”) “set in place” all of creation. This means God established life as stable and enduring.
Astronomer, Dr. Hugh Ross, regarding how unique planet earth is in supporting life long-term wrote, “we can draw the conclusion that even with a hundred billion trillion stars in the observable universe, the probability of finding, without divine intervention, a single planet capable of supporting physical life is much less than one in a quadrillion, quadrillion, quadrillion, quadrillion, quadrillion, quadrillion…” You get the picture. Virtually impossible!
God has gone to a lot of trouble and effort to provide a place that allows us to live and thrive. This same God, according to David, can be and wants to be known. Through two rhetorical questions, David points out that God is “mindful of” us and God “cares for” us (v.4). Do what David did. Stop and really look at creation around you, because God is revealing Himself through it.
Consider What is Revealed about God through Christ (John 1:1-3, 14)
Unlike David, who only had access to the general revelation of God through creation, we have access to the specific revelation of God through Christ. John, who was a firsthand witness to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, describes Jesus’ entry into the world as: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The term “Word” is where we get the English word logic from. It refers to rational thought. In other words, as “the Word”, Jesus reveals the mind of God. Not only that, but Jesus as “the Word” has existed from and before the beginning of time and space. The phrase “In the beginning” connects the arrival and life of Jesus to the creation event in Genesis 1:1 where it says: “In the beginning God created…”. In other words, Christ is God.
Christ is God, and as such He has made God knowable on a life-changing basis. John says in v.14: “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” Jesus brought God to us in a way and in a form that we could understand and know on a real-life, personal basis. Jesus does not transform lives because He was an insightful man in history. He transforms lives because He is God with us. He is “The Word” (God) who “became flesh and made His dwelling among us.”
Through religion and other means, many have sought knowledge about God, but in truth that changes very little in life. It is only when you come to know God that He changes you. This relationship comes through Christ.
So can God really be known? According the scriptures the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” What are you going to do with this life-altering gift?