I just got off my knees from looking out the window wondering what would the Lord have me do now; what could I say that hasn’t already been said. It’s a beautiful day that the Lord has made and yet the beauty of His world is fading as His people are forced to look at the evil that is trying so hard to take center stage. Who is to blame and what can the simple, ordinary man hope to accomplish when there is already too little time left in one day?
Maybe that is just exactly where we should start – with the simple ordinary man. Think about it! All of God’s goodness that began with creation and became bogged down because of man’s sinful nature was reborn in a baby in a lowly, cattle shed. If that one baby could make such a difference in life’s possibilities could not one man today at least put his hand to the plow?
We are currently living in a world where beauty is only seen in things, things that are manufactured and that we can purchase hoping that they will bring a smile to our day or impress someone else who will in turn make our day brighter. Very seldom do we notice the simple beauty of a day, a day created for mankind to enjoy by a Father who loves His children and has made every thing beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We have become so used to the human definition of special that we no longer notice or appreciate what our Father considers special. Is this why our whole world is in turmoil, why we can find no peace either in each other or in the beauty of God’s creation?
Think about it – we even spend more time when we can find it in the New Testament considering the Old Testament as no longer relevant. And yet the Old Testament sets the stage for our understanding of the need for the New; a reminder of how a Holy God cares and can turn the most sordid life into a thing of beauty if we will but take to heart His gift of a Son – a Son who would help us to understand the simple beauty of a garden. Can you tell me that you have never wished we could go back and do it over?
It’s in the Old Testament that we are first introduced to God’s heart. The prayer of the Psalmist reads – And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us (90:17). And in Isaiah, one of the foremost Hebrew prophets, we find recorded - How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (52:7) and The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me…to give them beauty for ashes…the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified (61:1,3).
Paul, who personally knew our Lord and suffered greatly for what he couldn’t deny, left these words for our understanding – How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things! (Romans 10:15).
Do we today long for the beauty of yesterday’s world, for a time when we can forget for even a moment the ever approaching end of the civilization we now know? Do we long to open our eyes once more and see the beauty of a day as it should be with smiles on the faces of our friends and strangers as they look forward to the joys of a new day? God still loves His children!
For the beauty of the earth; for the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.