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.

CONSIDER THE DOLPHIN

Job 37:14 – Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

 

 

 

 

Parris and I got to enjoy four days in Hawaii on our return from a ministry trip to Asia. On our last day we went on a snorkeling trip and were able to see several pods of various types of dolphins on the way to the snorkeling location. It seems like the Lord is constantly speaking through His creation. The trip guide begin talking to us about the purpose of dolphins living in pods, sometimes God’s animals have more sense than us. Why do they live in pods? Several very important reasons. First, for protection. The dolphins are able to protect themselves from predators (the snorkel guide avoided using the shark word). These dolphins can ward off the sharks and protect their young by working together. Secondly they work together for survival. They are smart and actually work a plan to trap fish for their food. They also are very social animals and need the affection and care that they show for one another. Here is some info about dolphin pods from the publication called Dolphin World

 

“In the ocean, the “school” (or, in the case of dolphins, the “pod”) is the basic social unit. It provides for a cooperative, social way of life and increases the chances for individual survival. The pod uses both acoustic and non-acoustic means of communication. Cooperation and forming alliances are ways in which the more complex mammals attempt to manipulate their social environment. Such alliances require sophisticated means of communication in order to manage relationships. Dolphins do this by forming fluid, temporary groups called “pods”, typically consisting of 2-15 animals. Dolphins are very social creatures and appear to need each other while hunting, defending themselves and their pods, and (obviously) mating.”

 

So have you connected the dots in your life yet? Too often we try to forge on by ourselves or worse yet, join up with an ungodly “pod” of worldly people. In our Christian pod/community we too find the answer to many of our needs. We find protection from sin and destructive heresies by the production we find in our Christian community. We also find the spiritual nourishment that we need for our daily survival. We find the teaching from God’s ministers as well as the Lord speaking to us from various members of His body. Finally, this is our place where we find God’s love. His love is the life of the church. It’s in relationships found in our Christian pods that we are made whole.