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?
 
Peace,
Pastor Nathan Bentley

Comments

  1. HELEN SALVARRIA : July 26, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    God is the beginning and the end. When He created this world, the beauty was endless and He wanted us to see and find peace and joy in the spirit that He bestowed in us. However, evil came upon us in many different ways and for those who followed that evilness, hardened their hearts and was pulled away from God. WE are not perfect and have all committed sins. But repenting your sins to the Lord and meaning it from your heart with your belief and faith in the Lord, we can be forgiven because He hears you. Your faith and belief will carry you down the path that He has laid out for you and it is up to you to take that walk. Open up your heart and listen to His word. In doing so, you will find joy and peace and you will be thankful for all that He has given you.

  2. Julie A. DiFede : July 26, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    For such a time is this

  3. Beth Fremer : July 27, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Pastor, God is so good. I know that He had you share Psalms 27 when you did in this email. I was meditating on this scripture last night and this morning when I was on my lifegroup call with a friend in Minnesota she was discouraged about a situation with her father where he did not want to do things the way she wanted and she knew that she was not supposed to do anything that day and when her father changed plans so that day was clear she felt hurt because he did not want to anything with her and he just wanted to be with the kids. I know that God was telling her that she needed to rest because He had already shown her this and told her that God was showing her that He wanted her in the place of rest at that time for His purposes not hers. God really is in the “still small voice” and it takes time and stillness from distractions for hearing as it is not easy to hear a still small voice at the state fair with all the noise. Many times we want Him to be in the big fun exciting things in life and He is NOT. The little seemingly insignificant things around should not be overlooked or ignored because God is in small things and everything is His and that person walking by is no accident they are there because God put them there for a reason and when we are seeking Him every moment we can and will see His kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven. The thing was with my friend they were going to do something at the state fair and it would be stressful and tiring and God did not want her to do that. I was so blessed because Psalms 27:10 as Holy Spirit brought to mind “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up” as we shared together this verse encouraged her. I love the fact and God is so perfect in all His ways that the scripture that you sent Pastor was in the NRSV version where it says “lift you up” I know the NIV says “receive me” and the NLT says “hold me close” and the KJV says “take care of me” all these are so very precious to our hearts and God knows the best way to speak words of comfort to hearts. “Lift me up” was just the words what my friend needed to hear because when we are down He is the only One Who can truly lift us up. The many versions are God’s as everything is God’s for His purposes even though we are imperfect filters that He is perfecting. He alone knows how to use us for His glory.

    I am so thankful that God gives us opportunities to redeem ourselves and He did this for me two times this week. The first one was about after playing the piano and I said nothing to give God glory and really did not think of anything to say at that time and so often is the case with me and speaking would have been interrupting so I said nothing because I did not want to be rude and sometimes God wants us to be bold for Him and I felt really bad and asked God to forgive me and He did and as well gave me the opportunity to redeem that time as something I wrote to this person was received and the reply was “Very Good, Thank you’ and I was grateful to redeem that and say that God is Good and I am not and anything that I do that is good it only because of Him. This morning I felt like I should have said good morning to the lady next to me on the treadmill and looked at her 2 times but she didn’t look at me so I did not speak and felt bad because I knew that God wanted me to speak to her and asked God to forgive me and then He let me greet another person on the way out and It was so wonderful to know that Our Father Who always loves is patient and willing to help us and wants to restore us and redeem us will when we seek Him to be “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16 (KJV) Time needs redemption and the things that have been done in time can and will be redeemed because God wants that. I ask Him for this as His Word says Joel 2:25 (NKJV) “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.” …because He wants to restore and looks for someone who will say “RESTORE” because it is His will to bring us back to His wonderful creation’s former glory where it was all Good. He wants us to come back to Him with our whole hearts every part so we can work together with Him and I know He is working in me and in all of us. He is showing that we can redeem the many things we have said and done that have given the enemy a foothold in our lives and He wants to help us if we will let Him by seeking His will and allow Him to show us how to work with Him to redeem and restore. Its like we are all originals from different tribes and tongues and He has put us all into this refining pot that is the world to refine us because we have this treasure that He has placed within us earthen vessels and He wants us to shine His light like that stars in glory, being pure gold tried by fire and it is no mistake that He uses the enemy to help mold and shape us on the potters wheel as everything is His. We are His treasure and He is our Exceeding Great Reward!

    Genesis 15:1 (KJV)
    After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

    Be blessed. Learning to trust Him❤Beth

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