It’s that time of year again when restoration from the frigid winter has finally come. I am always reminded of the grand narrative of the Bible in the Spring, when I look around and see new life budding and blooming all around.
It is quite a privilege to walk this earth and experience the beauty God has designed in it. Have you ever thought about that? We get to wander around this incredibly composed sphere and enjoy the fingerprints of our Creator. From the smallest of creation, to the largest, we’re made to enjoy and be amazed.
Have you ever taken the time to look at a blade of grass? A bug? A leaf? I mean really look at them? Now, I know you may be thinking, either this guy has too much time on his hands or he’s crazy (maybe you’re thinking both). Well maybe you’re right, but I bring this up because if we took the time to take in the intricacies of creation, I strongly believe it would increase our joy and worship.
Creation bears witness to God (Rom. 1:20). It reveals to humanity His existence and character. This is what we call general revelation. God gives us glimpses of His glory through His creation. We were meant to enjoy the beauty of His handiwork before our eyes simply because it points us to Him.
Steve DeWitt describes this well in his book Eyes Wide Open: Enjoying God in Everything. He writes:
“Beauty was created by God for a purpose: to give us the experience of wonder. And wonder, in turn, is intended to lead us to the ultimate human expression and privilege: worship. Beauty is both a gift and a map. It is a gift to be enjoyed and a map to be followed back to the source of the beauty with praise and thanksgiving.” (91)
Do you see that? The beauty of creation is intended to lead us to worship, which as DeWitt correctly describes, is the ultimate human expression and privilege. How great of a gift is that? All around you are expressions and reflections of God Himself. DeWitt states:
“Wouldn’t such beautiful and desirable reflections mean that their Source must be even more beautiful — and, ultimately, most desirable?” (8)
What an amazing truth! Do you think about this when you watch a sunset? Or as you bike on a trail through the woods, or as you fish on a lake? Creation is meant to point us to the glory of the Creator. He gets glory in our enjoyment of Him and we get satisfaction. What an amazing design of God.
I urge you to go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather we will be having in the upcoming months. I pray that you will find great joy in your Creator through the gifts of creation that He has graciously given us.
I had a class on preaching once, many years ago, from a pastor and a professor. And here is what he argued was the key question the preacher must ask of every text of Scripture:
2 Corinthians and The Whole Story
The reason that we began the Whole Story sermon series in January of last year was for the simple reason that we wanted to inspire you to read the Bible.
In the unsearchable counsel of God's will for the world, he has so designed that salvation will come through the church, that body of people gathered by the power of his Holy Spirit.
Why Should I Read The Bible?
Most days I love waking up, coffeeing up, praying up, and then gobbling up the Bible. But not every day. I’m just like you in that. I need reminding about why the Bible — God’s Whole Story — is an important part of my day, for every other part of my day.
One of the dangers of reading the stories of those followers of Jesus that we find in the Bible is we can treat them as if they are almost super-human.
Martin Luther warned that the people of the church are always in danger of their hearts straying from the truth of the good news of the kingdom of God found in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
The Whole Story
On Sunday, January 7th, we will begin a year and a half exploration of the whole story of the whole Bible...
1 Corinthians (part two)
This last Sunday in our Gathering, we studied the book of 1 Corinthians together. The week of preparation leading up to that moment in the pulpit was deeply encouraging, as I sat at the feet of Paul, and watched him apply the reality of Jesus and the fullness of the Good News to four main issues in the lives of Christians in the church at Corinth. I discovered that each issue was a case study in the application of the good news to the very practical matters of our lives.