Lately I have been pondering a few things and one of them is about how all of creation is an expression of God. The Word tells us 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. I heard one time that about 80 to 90 percent of communication was nonverbal. In other words we speak to one another with our eyes, hands and body language most of the time.
God being invisible to our physical eyes speaks to us through his creation in much the same way. The plant life, birds, fish, and all of the stars, moons, planets and Sun tell us something about God, not to mention gravity, wind, storms, life, death and the list could go on and on. It seems as though Paul was correct when he told the Athenians that “in him we live and move and have our being.” There truly is no where we can go to get away from him and his speaking to us.
The glory of God is the point isn’t it? I mean what else could there be as the meaning of it all. He is the creator and sustainer of all things and everything was made for his glory. There is a promise in Numbers that the whole earth will be filled with his glory. And in the seventy second Psalm there is a prayer that the whole earth will be filled with his glory.
The promise and the prayer apparently are true already according to some Angels. Isaiah saw in a vision the Angels crying out “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.” Did you catch the difference? From the Angel’s view the earth is full of God’s glory, present tense. It seems as though their eyesight might be a little bit better than ours or else we don’t really perceive the glory of God that surrounds us everyday.
It seems clear from just looking around us that sin and rebellion has taken its toll on creation. There has been a cataclysmic upheaval in all of our surroundings easily seen in earthquakes, famine, super storms, disease, and every other form of death imaginable. The scriptures tell us; all of creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
We are living in a time of restoration and one day everything will be brought back into its pristine condition. Back to a time when the morning stars sang together and the trees clapped their hands. We can only imagine what things will be like once Christ returns and sets everything right. We are told that eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. For now we may only see glimpses of the glory, we can look at the heavens and be filled with the hope of his promises. Even though decay was introduced into his creation the heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of his hands.
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. The fact that there is good left in this world is a reason to have hope. There was a man, William Law, who wrote long ago telling us that everything here in the temporal realm came from God’s eternal realm or nature. He said “All that is sweet, delightful and amiable in this world, in the serenity of the air, the fineness of seasons, the joy of light, the melody of sounds, the beauty of colors, the fragrance of smells, the splendor of precious stones, is nothing else but Heaven breaking through the veil of this world, manifesting itself in such a degree, and darting forth in such variety so much of its own nature.” I don’t know how to add to that so I won’t. I just want to see and enjoy the God of all creation and his glory in everything, and I hope this has helped you to do the same.
Written by Louie