Written By His Grace:
Kevin K. O’Connor
Date July 15, 2006
Main Thought: To dwell on the beauty of God
The Beauty of God!
How I love to take time to think about the beautiful things God has created all around us. I can get totally lost in the beauties He has made.
How about you? What is that catches you just staring deep into what you’re looking at? Is it a sunset, a sunrise, the gaze of your children’s eyes into your own, standing in a forest of trees that reach for the heavens while the creatures of the woods climb through the branches and scamper around you in the leaves, or the appearance of a crystal clear lake with the blue sky overhead and visions of fish swimming beneath the surface of this crystal gem? Whatever it is, we need to take more time to contemplate the beauty of God’s heart to think of and then to create such incredible beauty. Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:9-11 (in Context) Psalm 46 (Whole Chapter) Oh how we need to take time to smell the roses and give thanks lest our hearts become hardened to such beauty of God’s Gracious Gifts. Romans 1:20-22 (King James Version) 20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, Giving thanks is like a pond that allows the water that flows into it to flow out so that more water can flow in thus preventing the pond from stagnating and dying. Learning how to say thank you for Who He is and all He’s done is life to our hearts.
Just as there are laws of the physical universe, so are they’re laws of the spiritual. It seems that those who learn the joy of giving are given more so that they may give more for God is continuously giving of Himself. Just His Breath is Life and so when He breathed into the form of man He had made from the dust, we became a living soul. Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2:6-8 (in Context) Genesis 2 (Whole Chapter) It seems that when our focus is on the One from Whom all Blessings flow, our hearts have the tendency of doing the same thing. But, the moment our focus leaves Him and goes to either the work of His Hand or ourselves (also the work of His Hands), then we begin to die. Even satan, one of the greatest beings God had created took his gaze off the One who had made him and placed them on himself. It seems that all things given a will are in one of two groups just as God Himself places them as sheep/goats. The Givers, and the Takers. Those that are takers heap unto themselves the wrath of God like the servant that buried his gift to give only back what was given to him. God despises slothfulness but admires those who press in and on for bigger and better things. Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:34-36 (in Context) Acts 20 (Whole Chapter) Note that in our Laboring how we need to learn how to help those who have fallen along the way. I sometimes see that we are to be like leather, soft and supple and yet strong and tough kind of like how the Lord sees us; Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:15-17 (in Context) Matthew 10 (Whole Chapter)
How Beautiful is the Heart of God! How He Loves to heal the broken hearted and set the captive free. How infinitely powerful He is and yet how He made Himself weak and emptied Himself out for us; Philippians 2:8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! Philippians 2:7-9 (in Context) Philippians 2 (Whole Chapter) And just as brokenness touches His Heart, so does pride and arrogance causes Him to be repulsed. Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:17-19 (in Context) Proverbs 16 (Whole Chapter) and another one here in 1 Timothy 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 1 Timothy 3:5-7 (in Context) 1 Timothy 3 (Whole Chapter)
Heaven is going to be a place of Wonder and Beauty beyond our wildest dreams, a place where others are thought of more highly than ourselves. Where work is a pleasure and Love is the Language. Sometimes I wonder how mankind could want our own prideful and selfish ways, compared to God’s Ways, which are filled with such total surrender, and Love. I choose Heaven and the beauties therein. Is there any wonder than that there will be no need for a sun to light the Heavenly City with the Beauty of God that is there? Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. Revelation 21:22-24 (in Context) Revelation 21 (Whole Chapter)
Heavenly Father, Thank you for Your Son Who Is the Light of the World. Ever teach us how to surrender to the will of Your Son so that His beauty will shine through us. In Jesus Glorious, Eternal, Matchless Name, Amen.
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