Glory

“The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9).

Paul talks about how everyone has seen God’s glory within creation (Romans 1:20). Have you thought about that? I’m not just talking about beautiful butterflies, or birdsong, or that wonderful smell when the dust is damp and it’s just about to rain. I’m sure the sky does show God in His majesty, but it’s more than that. The Bible says God made mankind in His image. “Then God said, ‘Let us make human beings in our image and likeness’” (Genesis 1:26). That means in every person, the best or the worst, there’s something of Him.

Next time you hear the waves crashing against the rocks, or see a sunset in all its grandeur, or appreciate someone’s talent or a good deed, that’s God revealing Himself to you. Equally, if you see a schoolchild being bullied, a terrorist attack or someone self-harming because they have a low opinion of themselves, that’s a reminder that this world is affected by the devil and his schemes. It’s not all it could be; we’re not all we could be. We don’t always have a good grasp of the love and the high opinion God has of us.

“Everything God made was allowed to become like something that cannot fulfil its purpose. That was not its choice, but God made it happen with this hope in view: That the creation would be made free from ruin – that everything God made would have the same freedom and glory that belong to God’s children.

“We know that everything God made has been waiting until now in pain like a woman ready to give birth to a child. Not only the world, but we also have been waiting with pain inside us. We have the Spirit as the first part of God’s promise. So we are waiting for God to finish making us His own children” (Romans 8:20-23).

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