Friday, September 7, 2012

“Wondering”. . .Fascinated By God, and By His Truth

(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 9 – “A Beautiful Creator”

     The Bible unveils a personal God who can be known, who desires to be known, and who must be known.  

     “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3).

     A large portion of the “great and mighty things” our Lord desires to show us involves Himself.  The Apostle Paul declared that he had “suffered the loss of all things” for the most sublime of all reasons: “that I may know Him” (Philippians 3:9-10; emphasis added).  Paul knew that the true source of human contentment involves not the knowledge of an admittedly wondrous creation, but rather of an even more wondrous Creator.  Things exist to be appreciated and enjoyed, but even more, to motivate and enhance relationship with the One from whom “every good gift and every perfect gift” descends (James 1:17).

     “The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things which are made, even His eternal power and godhead”  (Romans 1:20).

    Knowing the person of God involves the awareness that He purposes to reveal qualities and characteristics of Himself in the things He made.  The order, complexity and intricacy of the universe reveal the brilliance of His mind.  The beauty of things reveals His creativity, artistry, and most importantly, His loving desire to bless us with a life that involves far more than merely existence.  Indeed, God could have made food without flavor, flowers without fragrance, scenes without color, and sound without music.  He chose otherwise because He is, at heart, a person of “joy unspeakable” (I Peter 1:8).  He wants us to know and enjoy this truth about Him as a beautiful creation speaks of a beautiful Creator.

     Several years ago, during a trip to Boston, Massachusetts, our family attended a performance of the Boston Pops Symphony.  John Williams conducted a concert that included much of the music for which he is famous.  From the first notes, I found myself enraptured by the beauty that sounded forth from an amazing conductor and amazing musicians.  Symphony Hall of Boston is nearly perfect acoustically, as well as being visually beautiful, and the experience was one of those once in a lifetime moments that you know you will never forget.

     Thankfully, I was keenly aware on this occasion that the beauty of the moment did not originate in human hearts and minds.  Certainly, people were involved, and the musicians had doubtless spent a lifetime preparing to perform so skillfully and artistically.  Nevertheless, throughout the performance, one thought graced my mind and filled my heart: “Lord, You are so beautiful!”  The sound, the scene, the atmosphere and the wondrous moment shared with my family spoke of the Giver of such an unforgettable experience, and of His wondrous heart.  Indeed, the gift was of such magnitude that I shed many tears during the performance, and I shed them now in remembrance.

     “The whole earth is full of His glory!” (Isaiah 6:3).  The universe, even in its present sin-damaged condition, comprises a gallery of art purposed to display the heart and mind of the Artist.  As we live in the expectation that God purposes to tell us much about Himself through the things He made, the Holy Spirit will draw us into the person of our Lord.  Therein we will discover wonders of indescribable goodness and beauty.  Therein we will know God, and therein our hearts will find their fulfillment in this most sublime of all purposes…

“Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
(Psalm 16:11)

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