The Beauty of God
Last week I spoke on the condition all humans are born with, a hardened heart to the things of God. I asked a question…do you cherish, love, and adore the beauty of God above everything else in your life? I also stated that the Bible makes it clear that I am incapable of choosing to see His beauty apart from the Holy Spirit revealing it to me. Hopefully this left you with a question that I want to answer this week.
How do I realize the Beauty of God and make it preeminent in my life?
When I was a young boy I valued the beauty of a clean room and everything being in it’s place, my brother however, did not. This would not be a problem if he had his own room, but when you share a room with someone who does not appreciate the “beauty” of a clean room it can and did cause some delightful arguments and fights.
To this day I still appreciate a clean and tidy bedroom and married someone who also appreciates this. When I go to my brothers house it is clear that he still appreciates a bedroom that looks…more lived in, and he married someone who also enjoys that style. 🙂
What does this story have to do with seeking God solely for His beauty?
For starters, not every believer see’s God’s beauty the same, some will appreciate the way He used knowledge of the scriptures to silence His critics while others will more align themselves with the way he was meek and humble in the face of adversity. Still there are those that will cling to verses like, “I came to bring a sword not peace,” and others will say my God is gentle as a lamb to those who are most marginalized and His concern for social justice is where I see His beauty.
Here is the point: No matter how you seek the beauty of God and no matter the way you are wired none of us will fully realize his beauty unless we seek it as an end in itself.
Take some time this week and read Psalm 27. I want you to see how David saw the Lord, focus on His prayer to the Lord and ask yourself what David is saying, how does he love the Lord and most importantly why does he love the Lord?
Pastor Nathan Bentley