Look & See

For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Romans 11:36

One of my favorite things to do is to walk along a sandy beach and look for seashells. I love all types of seashells: conch shells, scallops, star fish, pointy augers and more. I am a true beachcomber. Even here in Nebraska I only need to gaze into one of my jars of seashells to be reminded of the many reasons why I enjoy collecting them. I have shells from Hawaii, Florida, Alaska and I even have a few special shells from the Red Sea. Peering into the jars I can be instantly amazed by their beauty and uniqueness. Reminded of God’s great handiwork.

Shells

When I was given the devotional topic of “Purpose,”, I began to consider the various purposes God would give us. Many godly purposes came to mind: evangelism, worship, serving, remembering the Lord ’s Supper and many more. But when I pondered His creation, it brought a smile to my face. Yes, indeed, He has designed us to see, experience and adore His creations. Take time to read Psalm 148.  Here you will read that all of creation worships our Lord.

I believe that God has designed His creation, the land, the sea, the animals, the night sky, birds that soar, and even humanity, all to amaze us, encourage us and point us to Himself. As you begin to reflect on His great creation, I would caution you to not worship the creation above the Creator. When we seek comfort, worth and purpose in anything above our relationship with Christ, we miss out of true peace and gain only temporary satisfaction. God is wooing us to Himself by His creation. Even if we never see another sunrise, or a butterfly perch upon a flower, or feel the crisp evening breeze, may we still sense the great love and presence of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:20 … For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

Application and prayer: In what ways do you see, experience and marvel in God’s creation? Perhaps it’s a sunset, the smell of spring flowers, or gazing into the night sky? Take a moment to thank Him. Psalms 33:6-9 & Psalm 34:8.

~Cheryl Vogel
Lifegate Women, Leadership Coach

Digging deeper:

Read Genesis 1 & Isaiah 40:28. Ask God to show you areas that you may be tempted to worship creation above him. Ask Him to speak to you personally, reminding you that He alone is to be worshiped. His creations are beautiful and complex but they were never made to fully capture our hearts. Luke 4:8 “Jesus answered, ‘”It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

Enjoy the song “Glory” by Phil Wickham. The song proclaims that all of God’s creation glorifies His name.

 

 

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