Monday, August 24, 2009

Daily Devo - Monday, 08/24/2009

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3

True beauty

As I write this devotional I am sitting on a little peninsula overlooking a small lake in the Hiawatha National Forest. Two loons are floating on the lake’s glassy surface singing a melody to one another. The green thick forest completely surrounds the deep blue water. There are no homes or docks befouling the shore line and no public beach to disturb the scenery. In fact, there are no other human beings in this place at all. Here I experience nothing but nature in its undisturbed beauty.

It is moments like these that God impresses Himself mightily upon the human heart. Creation clearly manifests his power, majesty, creativity, and goodness. If I knew nothing else about God, this little lake in the middle of an unspoiled forest teaches me that there are no limits to his power and that he must be a good God. He made all this simply for the pleasure of creating something that is as detailed as it is beautiful.

Such places in nature are indeed beautiful and reveal much about our glorious God—but the beauty of Christ outshines even this. The heavens declare the glory of God and the earth his handiwork—yet Christ declares the very fullness of God. Sitting here in the midst of this natural beauty my mind’s eye begins to see something of the unsurpassable supernatural beauty of our Savior.

Jesus’ love is unlimited;

His power is unrestricted,

His mercy is everlasting,

His grace is sufficient,

His worth is immeasurable,

His beauty is unequaled,

His authority is supreme,

His wisdom is unmatched,

His pardon is freely given,

His sacrifice is undeserved,

And His name is above every other name.

On this small lake in the middle of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula my spirit’s eye has seen the beauty of the Savior.

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