Wednesday, September 30, 2015

vestiges of beauty and creativity

“And God saw everything that he had made and behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31)

“Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun. You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter” (Psalm 74:16–17)

Randy Alcorn writes, 

Eden has been trampled and vacated. Nevertheless, in nature and art and music we see and hear vestiges of God’s beauty and creativity.   To study creation is to study the Creator. Science should be worshipful discovery because the heavens and all creation declare God’s glory (Psalm 19:1). 

God reveals His character in flowers, waterfalls, animals, and planets. God’s name is written large in nature in His beauty, organization, skill, precision, and attention to detail. He’s the Master Artist. We’re told that God’s “invisible qualities” can be “clearly seen” in “what has been made” (Romans 1:20). 

This is God’s general revelation. Eden has been trampled, torched, savaged and vacated. Nevertheless, in our own bodies and in our world we can see the intricacy of God’s craftsmanship; and in flowers and rain and art and music we see and hear vestiges of God’s beauty and creativity. 

As a boy I had a passionate interest in astronomy. I remember vividly the thrill of first seeing Saturn’s rings through my new telescope when I was eleven years old. It exhilarated me and stirred my heart. Five years later, I heard the gospel for the first time and came to know Jesus, but the wonders of the heavens helped lead me to God.   

“The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator.” —Louis Pasteur   

Taken from Seeing the Unseen: A Daily Dose of Eternal Perspective, by Randy Alcorn.

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