(Friends: during this series, the messages may frequently be longer than usual due to the subject matter. Thanks for your patience, and I think you will find the considerations interesting, and hopefully, helpful in our walk with the Lord. Glen)
Part 16 – “The Display of the Divine”
“The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead” (Romans 1:20).
Of “the things that are made,” none possess the capacity to reveal “the invisible things of Him” like the traits and characteristics of humanity.
Our imperfect state at present does not preclude the frequent display of the Divine in the dispositions and doings of the human. Our desire for communication speaks of the Lord Jesus Christ as “the Word” (John 1:1). Our reasoning and analytical capabilities reflect the mind of One whose “understanding is infinite” (Psalm 147:5). Human affections reveal the “lovingkindness” and “good will” of God’s heart (Psalm 36:7; Luke 2:14). Our capacity for happiness and sadness point to joy and sorrow in our Lord’s emotional nature (Psalm 43:4; Genesis 6:6). Most of all, the longing for love in human beings, both in giving and receiving, unveils the liberty of love in One whose very being comprises the essence of affection, devotion, commitment and the willingness to sacrifice for the interests of others. “God is love… love one another as I have loved you” (I John 4:8; John15:12).
Imperfect and often even distorted as they may be, human characteristics and actions nevertheless provide clues as to the nature of God. Guided by the light and authority of Scripture, we may therefore expect our Heavenly Father to frequently illuminate us with glimpses of Himself in the hearts, minds, words and experiences of others, and of ourselves. Understanding this truth unveils a new vista of human experience as we live expecting to discover the “Who?” of our Lord in the “who?” of people. From the most devoted saint to the most unbelieving sinner, all somehow reveal the existence of God, and even more, His nature, character and way. May we open our eyes to see the Divine as revealed in the human, and thus, in a way particularly pertinent and illuminating.
“In Him we live and move and have our being.”(Acts 17:28)