The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Made For Delight"
God could have made the world without color. Or, He could have made our eyes without the rods and cones to see it. He could have made the world without sound. Or He could have made our ears with no capacity for hearing. He could have made the world without fragrance. Or He could have made us with no olfactory nerves to provide the sense of smell. He could have made the world with no tactile composition. Or He could have made us with no ability to feel texture. He could have made food without flavor. Or He could have made us with no taste buds, making possible our enjoyment of food. He could have done all these things.
Or could He? I think not. "As for God, His way is perfect" (II Samuel 22:31). Some theologians and philosophers contend that God chose from an array of options when He formed creation, and when He formed us. It seems to me, however, that since our Lord always acts in perfection, based on infinite knowledge, wisdom, and understanding, only one possibility lies before Him regarding every moving of His heart and hand. Certainly, the point can be considered and argued. Returning to our introduction regarding a creation that offers sensory experience to our God-made faculties, however, I contend that God could not have made beings in His image who lack capacity for enjoyment of His creation. Indeed, He enjoys His handiwork. He means for us to do the same.
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created" (Revelation 4:11).
"The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein" (Psalm 111:2).
God made us for delight, not deprivation. He purposes that we rejoice in His creation, properly and righteously of course, and in ways that accord with life rather than death. Our senses of physical realities reflect greater glories of God's Spirit, and of our own spirits wherein He dwells in all who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ. He means for us to rejoice with Him in His wondrous works, thereby discovering even more His wondrous heart. This day offers such wonder, and amid the busyness of our lives, let us not forget to gratefully sense our Father's great and good gifts, and even more, to enjoy them with Him.
"Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of Thy countenance. In Thy name shall they rejoice all the day."
"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."
Weekly Memory Verse
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth's sake.