Monday, February 27, 2017

The Daily Grace - Consider the Lilies




I enjoy nature and giving praise to its Creator, but I sometimes wrongly feel guilty for admiring it too much. Then I remember that Jesus used nature as a teaching tool. To encourage people not to worry, He used simple wildflowers as an example. "Consider the lilies," He said, and then reminded people that even though flowers do no work at all, God dresses them in splendor. His conclusion? If God clothes something temporary in such glory, He surely will do much more for us (Matt. 6:28-34).

Other portions of the Scripture indicate that creation is one of the ways God uses to tell us about Himself: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork," wrote David. "Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge" (Ps. 19:1-2). "Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge", Asaph said (50:6). And Paul wrote, "For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse" (Rom. 1:20).

God so loves us and wants us to know Him that He put evidence of Himself everywhere we look. In God's pattern book of nature, we can trace many valuable lessons. Appreciate the Creator today. Look around you, He is worthy to be praised and adored!

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