The Glory of God (by Tim Klink of Prison Discipleship Ministry)
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
When you walk out of your house, what is the first thing that you notice? Most of the time we are so focused on our destination, even if it is just to the patio to cook up some hot dogs, that we never see the glory of God everywhere we look. The things that we pass by all shout the glory of God and His creation if we will just hear them.
One of the things we do that we never think twice about is swatting at the bug that is annoying us. I’m not saying we should stop and welcome it to come along with us, but have you ever considered how complex that thing is? All of the parts to it that allows it to exist were all “engineered” by God. He didn’t just create “a bug,” but created countless variations of it so we would know that He is God.
As you trim the bushes and trees, and pull the weeds that always seem to grow better than the plants, have you ever considered all that God did with them to get them to grow all by themselves after being frozen in the ground all winter? (Especially weeds…)
Not only is the complexity of God’s creation beyond our comprehension, they all reproduce on their own after their own kind … always! I have never planted potatoes and had tomatoes grow on them. Everywhere we look, God’s glory can be seen if we will just take a moment and see it.
And then there is man. We are so quick to judge others by their actions or words that we forget that man is the crowning creation of God. When we see other people, we are seeing not only the amazing complexity of the human body, but we are seeing the unconditional love that God has for him. Jesus didn’t die to redeem trees, weeds, or bugs, but mankind. Regardless of their actions, Jesus shed His blood for every one of them.
With God’s glory all around us all of the time, why is it so difficult for us to see it? The enemy of God, Satan, does all that he can to keep our minds focused on ourselves instead of on God. His tactic is busyness. Take a moment to “see” God’s glory and thank Him.