I love reading through Proverbs 8, as I get a first hand experience of the pre-incarnate Christ creating the World in perfect order.
Did you ever think that if the animals were created before the plants, they would have nothing to eat?
If the fish were created before the firmament was divided, they would have no home.
If the earth was one foot closer to the earth, it would be devoured by fire.
If the earth was one foot further away from the earth, it would be too cold to support life.
The Father and the Son created the world, and are holding everything together by the might of His power.
God is a God of order, everything was created perfectly so that each portion of creation was sustained before the next day of creation.
He is the author of Creation, and the author of salvation.
We love to marvel at His orderly purpose in Creation, but do we understand the order of events in our life is perfectly planned, too?
Have you ever had one mundane job that gave you the skills required to land a better job?
Have you ever had one small trial that gave you the wisdom and experience to survive a bigger trial?
Have you ever had a “chance” encounter with someone who had a message or an answer that you needed to hear from the Lord?
Have you ever missed tragedy by minutes or seconds?
Everything is caused or allowed by the Lord in our life – nothing occurs outside of His loving guidance.
After He created the world, He said, “It is good.”
He will admire His handiwork again, when He completes the work He began at our salvation.
today we are just gunna go out for an adventure. ya’ know dad. put some stuff in the van. bring a book. pay too much money at a gas station for food you shouldn’t be eating. drive until you find a place to sit by the water and enjoy the scenery while dad snores. 🙂
at the end of the day, you have a perfect day of memories to carry you through.
missing you but thankful you are serving the Lord.
This is what happened Saturday.
The first time I saw an original Monet, it was in an art gallery on the East coast. They treated me like royalty, as if my mere presence proved my divine taste in art.
A girl who grew up in Montana admiring Charles M. Russell, I was being exposed to a whole new world.
When I saw the Monet I was enthralled with the colors, the lights and the essence of being in the artist’s presence. It seemed I was in a world he had prepared just for me. I stood staring for a long time, until I realized a bench that had been strategically placed just behind me. I sat down and continued beholding.
Other art patrons stopped and glanced, some stared, but I beheld. I have forgotten which painting I saw, which exact gallery I was in, but I have never forgot the feeling of being introduced to the person of Monet through his actual work.
This is the same awe I love to have as I read the Scriptures. But, spiritual awe is greater, because it isn’t fueled by admiration only, but by the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Through Word and prayer we can behold Him, the author of our salvation. We can get to know Him, His holy character, His divine purpose and His ability to transform us into His image.
John the Baptist told the people to
Behold is the imperative form, or command form, of the Greek word eido, which means to perceive with the eyes, to have regard for one, to cherish, and pay attention to.
It isn’t a quick glance.
It isn’t the amount of time of the gaze that affects the outcome of the interaction, it is the amount of regard we have for what we are reading. Are we understanding that the Bible IS Jesus?
The people in His day were able to physically behold Him, to hear Him, to feel His healing touch. We have all the same privileges of His presence through the Word of God.