A United States Army general speaking in Japan told a story with the punch line, “Show me. I’m from Missouri.” His translator knew the audience wouldn’t understand, so he said in Japanese, “The general has made a joke and I’ll be in trouble if you don’t laugh.” The people obligingly laughed. But because some things don’t translate well, the general had failed to communicate.
There is a message, however, that is always clear. It crosses the barriers of language and culture to communicate plainly with every person on the face of this earth.
Psalm 19 states, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. . . . There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world” (vv.1-4).
In Borneo or Belgium, in hut or high-rise, God’s creation reveals His power and glory. No one can miss it. And to us He has entrusted the message of His love—the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. God’s message in the heavens paves the way for His messengers on earth.
Are you ready to speak to someone who has seen the stars and longs to know the One who made them?
The heavens reveal the power of God
To everyone living on earth;
But then the good news of the gospel must come
From those who've experienced new birth. —Sper
All creation is an outstretched finger pointing toward God.