Thursday, April 22, 2021

Orange Moon Thursday, April 22, 2021 The Witness, the Witnesses

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"The Witness, the Witnesses"

     "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).

    The Creator and His creation are separate realities.  God formed something that exists apart from Himself when He brought into being "the things that are made."

    That being said, it remains true that creation absorbs and reflects the light of its Maker for the purpose of revealing and glorifying Him.  From the subatomic universe of the small, to the vastness of the heavens beyond human measure and comprehension, all things tell us something about the One who made them.  

    First, they tell us about His ability, "His eternal power."  The atoms and the galaxies reveal what God can do.  He can plan incomprehensible complexity, design it in His heart and mind, and then engineer His aspirations not only with technical precision, but also with artistic beauty and wonder.  He can make a flower graced with both hue and fragrance.  He can fling more stars into space than astronomers will ever number, while also infusing every known physical object with untold measures of atoms.  He can make us weep by the beauty of a child's face, cause us to laugh when watching the playfulness He infused into puppies (especially beagles!), and then overwhelm us with wonder  by mountains majestic, oceans vast, and moonlight shining ever so softly in the darkness.  The Psalmist who knew this so well, said it so well: "The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein" (Psalm 111:2).


   Then, creation tells us perhaps even more about "the Godhead," that is, our Lord's nature.  Who is He to have made such beauty and complexity, and then to have made human hearts and minds with the capacity to experience His "wonders without number?" (Job 9:10).  Indeed, we are the one handiwork of God said to be created "in His own image" (Genesis 1:27).  We, therefore, possess capacities for relationship with Him and each other that tell us much about our Creator's own relational existence as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Every human expression of kindness, good will, and enjoyment of our Lord and of one another bears a message regarding the eternal love that graces the loving fellowship of the triune Godhead.  Whether known to us or not, we see His reflection in each other when we smile, communicate, help, sacrifice, encourage, and remind each other that all things are His things, and especially, "Behold, all souls are Mine" (Ezekiel 18:4).

   In this day, God's creation will bear witness to God the Creator.  We cannot begin to take it all in.  But we can see more than we have, and likely more than we expect if we will remember that "the invisible things of Him" can be seen with our eyes, heard with our ears, touched with our hands, smelled by our noses, tasted with our tongues, understood by our minds, and experienced with our hearts.  Wonders and glories await us if we will realize that God made all things to bear witness to Himself, and He made us to be the witnesses.

"I will look for Him."
(Isaiah 8:17)

Weekly Memory Verse   
     "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
(I Corinthians 6:20)


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