THAT WE MAY KNOW

Job 37: 6-7 For to the snow he says, “Fall on the earth,” likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour. He seals up the hand of every man, that all men whom he made may know it.

Once you see it, you can’t unsee it. What am I talking about? The invisible attributes of God that are clearly seen all around us. The arrogance of man blinds himself to God’s beauty that is shouting out all around us. The array of flowers are crying out “beauty”, the vastness of creation is crying out “eternal”, the diversity of His creatures is crying out “creativity”, and the creative nature of man is crying out “genius”. His ways are higher than our ways and one glimpse of His beauty displayed in creation annihilates us with humility. Here is a quote from Jonathan Edwards about the glory of God being the very purpose of creation.

“The declaration of God’s perfections is mentioned in Scripture as the ultimate end of creation. That is, the open display of God’s excellent works and ways is the happy result of bringing the world into being. We observe this in the following verses and in many other places in the Bible.

Psalm 19: 1-5 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.

The passages listed in this chapter lead us to one conclusion: When God manifests his perfections and displays his attributes in the world, he does so for his own glory…. This can only mean that the glory of God is the ultimate end of creation.”

I have had the incredible privilege of seeing a lot of our beautiful world in my ministry trips. I have pictures of His beauty imprinted in my brain from glimpses of Him in creation. I can never forget the beauty of the Serengeti from a small airplane flying from Kilimanjaro to Kampala, seeing the herds of wildebeests and elephants below who were shouting the praises of the Lord. Then there was the majestic eagle flying above our plane, gliding on the winds of God above all the drama below. Its impossible to forget the beauty of the Alps, flying at 35,000 feet from London to Nairobi. Who can ignore a creator with His creative genius on such a display. Maybe you are blind to His greatness, stop for a moment and drink Him in. You may hear Him in the rain gently falling on your roof or His power in the power of a lightning flash. If you will take a moment you too may be stunned by His beauty that is always all around us.

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