07.05.17

The Magnificent Beauty of God

Ugliness pervades our culture. We see the hatred of cultures, the destruction of our world, the sadness that affects our society day after day. Sometimes all we can think is negative. Where does positive even enter our frame of mind? The truth is yes, our society is bad. However, let us not forget the good things that God has placed before us. Let us remember the Lord is still reigns in ultimate authority. Let us not forget the beauty of God. He is beautiful. His work is beautiful. Remnants of the world before the fall remain. Remembering the goodness of the Lord cuts through all of the negativity around us. 

The Beauty of God in Creation

We see the hands of the intelligent designer in the beauty of His creation. Examine the trees, the leaves during autumn, mountains, chirping birds or the beautiful skies above? How often do we look with amazement at the beauty we see when looking out an out of our airplane window when we sit at 30,000 feet in the air? Various colors and hues transparent to our eyes. Although, sin mars this world, God in his grace leaves us traces and glimpses of the eternal magnificence we will one day see in Heaven. , “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.” Creation attests to the glory of God. Creation testifies to the One who is deserving of all the glory honor and praise. His glory we cannot escape. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse (). Friends, let us admire the beauty and art of the Skillful Designer.

The Beauty of God in Conversion

One of the greatest ways we see the work of God is through the death of the old and birth of the new. The miraculous account of the new birth displays the glorious work of our Sovereign Creator. -2 proclaims, “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked, according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.” Remember how you once lived, how you found your identity in your looked, how money, power and possessions consumed your life? But God, through His grace and mercy sent His most precious, innocent, Son to die the death that you and I deserve. It’s beautiful to imagine the Most-High thinking much of us to give of His Son. God has taken you, washed you, and cleansed you, so that you are now in right standing with Him due to the New Birth. It is beautiful in how God takes dead sinners and makes them alive in Christ. Do we really thank God for our conversion? Do we thank Him for making us alive again?

The Beauty of God in Cultures

One of the benefits of living in a big city is the different cultures present. From African American, Caucasian, Asian, Mexican, Armenian there is such beauty is seeing how the Lord has creates different people from all over the world. It is amazing to see the cultural aspects from various people and the history surrounding each of them. You learn to appreciate the artistic beauty of the Sovereign Creator. Facial structures, language, music, clothing and apparel; it is amazing God gifts people in unique ways. , “Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” The interesting thing is that we fail often to see the beauty the Creator has given us with the beauty of other people. The Father’s work is beautiful. Do we thank God for other people from different backgrounds?

God’s beauty is so grand we often miss it. Because of sin, we tend to focus so much on the negative aspects of the world that we fail to see the beauty that is ever before us. Sometimes it is good to sit back and think about how wonderfully good our Creator is. Heaven is the Christian’s ultimate goal, where we will see the perfection we have so longed to behold. In the meantime, let us embrace the splendor of God even in this broken vessel.

19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (ESV)

20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (ESV)

2:1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins (ESV)

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them. (ESV)

Warner Aldridge
Warner Aldridge is a seminary student in Los Angeles, CA. He enjoys preaching and teaching God's Word and studying his wife Dominique. He loves to try new foods from different cultures and cheering for his hometown team, the St. Louis Cardinals.

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