As part of our worship each Sunday, this month we are focusing on the attribute of God’s beauty. We are using this definition: “God is the possessor and the sum of all desirable qualities.”
There are a lot of implications to this concept. If there is anything good or desirable or truly beautiful as defined by Scripture, then it is a part of the being of God. I think of Phil. 4:8 when I reflect on this attribute: Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
I also think of some other aspects of beauty that God allows us to catch a glimpse of like a sunrise or sunset, mountains and even the amazing things of nature such as flowers or a snowflake. These things are His creation. They are all created for His glory. And they reveal something of His nature.
We had some idea of this attribute of God this week as the Total Solar Eclipse happened. We got to see it through those special glasses. Some people saw the full effect of it in those particular places that went dark in the middle of the day for over 2 minutes. It was truly fascinating. You could pause to think of God’s creation and order. You could think of the power of the Sun. You can consider the Earth and moon and stars and the planets. The temperature went down about 8 degrees as we watched the eclipse. It was amazing!
When you realize the might and power of God…when you see the beauty of His creation…when you pause to reflect on His beauty—- it will affect you. It will settle you in your soul because you will more fully realize that this God of beauty and creation is YOUR Heavenly Father…and He cares for you.
Psalm 8:1–4, "O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
Take a few minutes to consider God’s attribute of beauty.
These are difficult days for our nation. In some ways what we are seeing is unprecedented. It is difficult to watch as the fabric of our country is dividing on so many fronts.
But we should not be surprised. I do not need to review that there have been many steps taken in a few short years that have contributed to where we are today. It primarily centers around all the ways in which we have departed from God. Why would we not expect what we are now seeing?
Certainly we hate seeing all the tensions, contentions and dissension that have captivated the country at this time.
No matter what the pundits have to say—and they say plenty, what they are totally missing and neglecting is there will be no peace until the Prince of Peace rules and reigns. And that is where we come in as believers. We can share with others about Jesus Christ. I love writing that. Jesus Christ, King of kings, Lord of lords, Supreme, Sovereign, Savior. It just makes me smile to know that I know Him.
The desperate cry of those around us will not be answered or satisfied with political or social answers. I remember a song from years ago that says that, “Jesus is still the answer, He’s always been and always will be.”
We have a command—tell others about Jesus. That does not mean that we are all going to be a great evangelist. It means that we can all be evangelistic. Look for opportunities to tell others about Jesus. We have nothing to be ashamed of. Just look around at what people are not ashamed of and they promote those things. Pray and ask God for the opportunities. Remember, the fields are ready to be harvested. What we must be are workers in the field.
The world needs Jesus. May we be faithful with the great message of salvation that has been given to us. Someone told you and I hope we will all tell others. Only then can there be true peace in the soul of man as well as between men.
This Sunday we will be blessed to hear Jason Fitch along with his family as they share about how God is at work in their church planting effort in Washington state.
As we look forward to worshipping together this Sunday, would you take a few minutes between now and then to pray for our church services and for Jason as well. Thank you so much.
I was surprised this week to see that school has started in so many areas around here. There was a time when school started after Labor Day—I know, I am dating myself. I think my Dad called those “the good ol’ days.”
But he was realistic enough to realize that some things about the “good ol’ days” were not so good. He grew up without air conditioning in those “good ol’ days” and as time went on, he loved air conditioning. And in Texas as well as Georgia we can identify with that.
“The good ol’ days” are supposed to be our look back at a time when things were great and wonderful, we were young (younger), there was anticipation and hope for the future. There was enthusiasm about job opportunities and careers. Maybe it was getting married or having children and watching them grow up. Perhaps it was family and friends getting together. We all look back at some point and time and our recollection is that those were “the good ol’ days.”
There is a joy in thinking about some of those things. Antique stores thrive on people who find something from their past. It brings back a memory of days gone by and perhaps how good things used to be…That actually happened to me this past weekend when we were at a wedding rehearsal dinner and the restaurant had a toy steam engine just like the one I had when I was a kid—“the good ol’ days!”
But our memories can be skewed or we might be wrong about how good those days were. Sure there are good memories but we also have to be realistic. Life is difficult as we live in a fallen world. No one escapes trouble and heartache and pain and sorrow and disappointment and grief. I guess that is why we like to think about that special time in our past when things seemed to be a little bit better than they might be right now.
But you cannot live in the past. You can have an enjoyable memory but you can’t live there. And you shouldn’t. The past can also be a trap that leads us down a mental path of remembering those painful hurts and regrets. Our minds can be easily distracted from God.
There was someone in the Bible who lived during difficult times. In fact, he wrote a book entitled “Lamentations” about some of those times. Jeremiah is actually recording his “laments”, the heartache and sorrow of people facing the loss of their nation. When you read chapter 3 you see the pain and ache that Jeremiah feels and then notice verse 20 [Lamentations 3:20 My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.]. But Jeremiah does not let that destroy his hope. In fact, he writes what we need in Lamentations 3:21-24, "But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in him.'"
“The good ol’ days”—whatever they were whether actually good or not so good or bad should be kept in check with the remembrance of the love of God, the mercies of God and the faithfulness of God!
As you get nostalgic make sure your recall is just like Jeremiah’s and you will live in hope and not despair. With that in mind, I guess they really were “the good ol’ days”!
Apparently there is a football team in this area that many people like. I know it has something to do with bulldogs because everywhere I turn around I see images of bulldogs on vehicles and painted ceramic bulldogs in front lawns and etc. Does anyone know what I am talking about?
When I heard about the excitement of just the team beginning practice I knew this had to be a big deal. I guess it is. And there is also excitement over a professional football team that is down here as well. In fact, there is a professional team for many major sports and even a few that cause us to scratch our heads. And we love it. We develop loyalties and go to games and buy all kinds of “brand” items for whatever our favorite team and sport happen to be.
Have you noticed the enthusiasm that fans have? That was what grabbed my attention when I heard them talking about the Georgia Bulldog football team starting practice. They were so enthusiastic.
And then I thought about enthusiasm from another perspective. Enthusiasm for Christ and the things of the Lord. We have all heard messages about being enthusiastic for the things of the Lord. So, are we?
There should be some sense of excitement about knowing Christ. And yet it is missing in many believers. They can sing the songs over and over. They read their Bibles and they even go to church semi regularly. But there is no real enthusiasm for Christ. Perhaps they have reached the level of one church in the New Testament that was identified as “lukewarm”—not hot and not cold. God is displeased with being lukewarm.
Notice Rev. 3:14-22.God is displeased with being comfortable and complacent in your Christianity. Lukewarmness suggests growing complacent and comfortable and stands in contrast to spiritual passion— having a strong, passionate faith.
Are you lukewarm? Are you passionate about Christ? Are you as enthusiastic about your faith as many are for their Georgia Bulldogs?
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