Some of my fondest childhood memories are the ones I spent outside with my father. The days when I was small, when he would hold me in a field to teach me the names of wildflowers or the summer nights when we would stargaze the nighttime sky. It always stood out to me how he would bring our conversations back to accrediting the Creator, praising God for His beautiful and vast creation. It is, then, no surprise of mine that I have inherited his appreciation for the natural world around us, but more so, marveling at the majesty of the One who breathed it all into existence.
The Psalmist writes,
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
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.” -Psalm 19:1-4
Throughout the entirety of Scripture, we see the attributes and authority of God recorded in psalms filled with praise, the freeing miracles in Exodus and by the provision of Elijah’s ravens in 1 Kings to name a few.
God’s creation is all around us — yet we often miss the unique opportunities to revel in its beauty and complexity. Like anything else, studying the Word or finding the necessary space to pray, we know it takes intentionality. Our way of life in modern culture has shown us how easy it is to become swept up with daily demands or the endless access to entertainment technology. A new day begins with many distractions — waking up to check social media, hustling out the door to beat rush-hour traffic or sifting through our to-do lists. It is no wonder that we often find ourselves closer to God when we pause and appreciate the sound of the birds singing in the morning, the colors in a sunset or the power in a thunderstorm. Nature and all of creation are a gift to connect us to our Creator; and when we pause to explore in the intricacies of everything He has made, one can well up from all the marvelous splendor. By enthralling ourselves in God’s creation, here are a few things we may learn:
- Creation testifies biblical history.
The world is imprinted with endless examples of tangible evidence to support biblical events. From the Grand Canyon, to the Petrified Forest or holding a fossil in our hands.
- We are designed with a divine destiny.
When we contemplate the intricacies of Creation, from a leaf to the vastness of outer space, we see that God is a God of details. He created this world and us with a divine destiny. The act of creating all things as not of a discombobulated mess, but with purpose to establish unity with Him and bring Him glory. All of this points to God’s desire to actively participate in our lives and build a relationship with Him.
- He will make all things new.
God is in the business of restoration. Just imagine how perfect and beautiful the world was before the Fall, before the land was cursed with thorns, locust and drought. It serves as a continual reminder that the present is not how things are supposed to be. Our world is broken and so are we, but God in His infinite love and mercy planned to redeem it all. Read this passage below.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.
Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.
Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will freely give to the thirsty from the spring of the water of life. The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God, and he will be my son.”
For the believer, the day is coming when all things will be restored. We will receive a new body and live with the Lord on the new earth forever. So, when our hearts are made heavy by all that is frail, diseased and imperfect in this world, creation responds with an unspoken voice, Do not lose hope for He will make all things new!
Although we are sojourners passing through, let us remember to revere and worship God by marveling at the works of His hand.
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