Unspeakable Joy Devotional

September 17th

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Loving God’s Creations.  Do you take the time to get off the computer, the phone and from the tv to enjoy God’s creations? I have to remind myself daily. The less input from manmade distractions the better I seem to feel at the end of the day. Make a point to go outside and sit and listen to the sounds of the earth and to the majesty around you that God created.

A primary way God nourishes our souls with his loving presence is through the beauty of nature. The face of the Lord shines on his in the sun. The moon and stars remind us that God’s light and love shine to us even in the dark. The Lord is speaking to us and warming us from the heavens, the Psalmist says in Psalm 19:1-6 “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.”

Throughout the Bible we read testimony of the Lord communicating to us in the skies, ocean waves, breeze rustling through the trees, fields and flowers, and birds that sing cheerfully. Jesus reassures us that our Father in heaven always near cares for the little sparrows and he cares for us Matthew 6:26 “Behold the fowls of the air for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” and 10:29 “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.”

Nature reveals to us God’s beauty, glory, power, wisdom, presence, creativity, and, most of all, his loving care. This is why we’re drawn to spend time in the beauty of nature and to enjoy animals. To take a walk on a beautiful day, play with your dog in the grass, or hold your cat are reliable ways for many people to connect with God’s loving presence.

Jesus makes continual use of nature in his parables that welcome us to find life with him in the Kingdom of God. The revelation of God in nature is so poignant and prevailing that the Apostle Paul cautions if we don’t notice and honor our Creator we are without excuse Romans 1:20 “For 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.”

God created the universe-the stars, everything on earth, and even things we can’t see. He also created humans, and created us in His image. Let yourself get lost for a moment in these thoughts about the great God who created all things.

Psalm 104:24 “O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy riches.”

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