I have just returned from a 5,000-mile trip across America and back, during which I was impressed anew with the beauty and variety of this land of ours. I was also reminded of a line in an old hymn, “Where every prospect pleases, and only man is vile.”
A trip along our highways offers a good illustration of the journey of life. The sources of information—whether official highway signs or advertisements—are for the one purpose of guiding the traveler. There is a great abundance of offers of hotels and motels, restaurants, and various products and services for the traveler’s comfort and enjoyment.
There are also continual provisions for safety and warnings of danger ahead, instructions regarding the right speed for that particular part of the highway and clear statements about the requirements of the law and the punishment for violations. And at stated distances along the superhighways one sees signs promising a “Rest Area” ahead.
Official highway signs are not capricious; they are for the good of all travelers. They are prophetic in that they give notice of what to expect ahead, and they are instructive in that they tell the driver what to do right then.
All across the pages of history God has offered man the information he must have to live aright and die aright. And the past and the present offer abundant evidence that man has refused to heed the Creator’s warnings and obey his laws.
Only the fact of spiritual blindness can explain this ignoring of the evidences of God’s glory all around us. A beautiful passage in Psalm 19 tells of these evidences: “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor ...1
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