“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1)
When was the last time you were truly gripped by the Lord’s creation? When was the last time you were awestruck by its beauty? When was the last time you chewed on the fact that everything in existence, from infinitesimally small electrons to colossally large galaxies were created by the words of our God? Yes, the magnificence of God’s creation is truly a blessing. He created everything for His glory, yet somehow has allowed us, rebellious sinners, to enjoy it.
We don’t deserve the beauty of creation. Remember, we were the ones who broke creation by sinning. The ground was cursed due to our rebellion. “And to Adam he said, ’Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘you shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,’” (Gen. 3:17-18). Though, in His grace, God has allowed his creation to be beautiful and pleasing to the senses.
Our very senses provide an overabundance of blessing. With our eyes, we can see upwards of 10 million colors, yet black and white would do just fine. With our ears, we can hear symphonies, though music is not necessary for survival. With our taste buds, we can enjoy the sweetness of honey, though flavor is not needed for sustenance. With our noses, we can smell the fragrance of spring, though this is not essential to survival. With our sense of touch, we can enjoy the softness of grass on our feet, though the feeling of pain is all we really need to protect ourselves. Yes, God has blessed us in overabundance with His creation.
The Christian ought to consider the magnificence of creation daily. Observing the beauty of the land ought to draw one into a deeper worship of God. As flowers begin to bloom, trees begin to bud, and grass begins to break through the soil, the Christian ought to praise God for instituting seasons that are both predictable and profitable for humanity.
Perhaps you’ve taken the Lord’s creation for granted. Perhaps you’ve become cynical and miss the beauty of the world around you. Yes, the ground is still cursed, and creation groans from time to time. The earth shakes, and the weather can rage, but there are also sunsets and blue skies. There are mountains and rivers and trees. There are valleys and planes. There are beaches and lakes and oceans. Creation is still proclaiming the glory of God. Begin thanking God for his creation regularly. Thank him for everything that is pleasing. If you are a city-dweller, go for a drive. Se what the Lord has made and be reminded of his glory. Praise His holy name, for “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.” (Psalm 24:1-2)