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Yes, The Lord Created Niagara Falls Too

I took the family to Niagara Falls, Canada over this past weekend. What a blessing indeed!

For those who aren't familiar with my neck of the woods, Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York.

They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge and it's about a 45 minute drive from our home in a suburb of Buffalo, NY.

How anyone can view this majestic natural wonder with their own eyes and hear the power of His creation with their own ears and not stand in awe of our Creator God I'll never know, especially in light of what His Word plainly tells us.

Romans 1:20-21 (ESV) 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

In other words, the creation delivers a clear, unmistakable message about God's Person. The Creator, who made all that we see around us and constantly sustains it, must be a Being of awesome power.

So, naturally (pun intended even though this is no laughing matter), God holds all men responsible for their refusal to acknowledge what He has shown them of Himself in His creation. Even those who have never had an opportunity to hear the Gospel have received a clear witness about the existence and character of God as evidenced in His creation -- and have still suppressed it.

If a person will not respond to the revelation he has, even if it is solely natural revelation, God will provide some means for that person to hear the Gospel (Acts 8:26-39; Acts 10:1-48; Acts 17:27). His Word tells us, however, that man is "without excuse" since man is conscious of God's existence, power, and divine nature through general revelation (Romans 1:19-20).

But I digress. From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. Isn't that something? I had no idea that one of them was called "Bridal Veil Falls" until this trip (shame on me, huh?), but I marveled at that fact as a Christian.

After all, we are the Bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2) and so this new revelation involving the area where I've grown up and spent my entire life was a welcomed surprise for sure, because it made me instantly think of the beautiful imagery, metaphor, and symbolism of a bride and a veil all throughout Scripture.

I'll leave you with one final thought that was brought to mind while enjoying this breathtaking view.

Psalm 114:7-8 (ESV) 7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, 8 who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.

What I like about Psalm 114 is how it speaks of God intimidating nature (Psalm 114:3-6) and God inviting trembling too (Psalm 114:7-8). I mean, talk about the true power of God on display for us, huh?

In Psalm 114:5-6, we are given poetic imagery where God questions why the most fixed of geographical features (i.e. water and mountains), could not resist His power and will.

And don't you just love the word "tremble" in verse 7? This is the only proper response of helpless nature before omnipotent God who created it.

Grace and peace to you and yours!


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