We sometimes get a happy thought and a good feeling when we look around at nature and see all the beauty that nature has to offer. We thrill at the sight of majestic mountains. We are in awe at the sight of the mighty power of a volcano. Our hearts fill with joy as we view the beauty of a waterfall or a lovely stream flowing through a mountain pasture or of the wild flowers along a hillside. In all these scenes we see there is a God.
Isn't it exciting and thrilling to be able to see there is a God?
What I propose today, though, is the greater joy in not only being able to see there is a God but with the fact that we can know that same God.
Yes, we can see there is a God by the things in nature but we don't just live a life looking at nature. We don't just fill our lives with seeing what he has created. We spend our lives living and that means coming in contact with the unpleasant things in life, the uncertainties of life. It means coming in contact with the realization that all of life is not lovely. But how can we have a happy thought if we are dwelling on the dark side of life and just living? How can we have a happy thought if we dwell on sickness, hatred, pain, and death? Well, this is where we need more than just a pretty picture to give us a happy thought. This is where we need more than just to be able to see there is a God. We need something that would bring an even happier thought - a peaceful thought to our mind.
That happier thought would be to know the God that created all of nature.
Yes, we have a happy thought when we see what God has created but we can have an even happier thought knowing the God who created all things. This same God has supplied the answers to the questions and uncertainties of life. When we get to know God we can have an understanding of the sickness, hatred, pain and death that is in the world. The happy thought I want us all to really grasp is that it would be better to be able to know God than to just see that He exist. And the happy thought is a very real possibility because this loving God that has created such a lovely place for us to live in has given to us a way for us to be able to get to know Him.
Yes, he lets us get to understand who He is and what He is like. We get to see His purpose in our life and our living. We get to see things from His perspective and His point of view. Now we are only able to see around us but when we know him, we will be able to see some of what has happened before, and we can even see some of the things that are going to happen later on.
Yes, it gives us a happy thought when we see there is a God but how much more wonderful and happy it will makes us feel to be able to know the God that has created all these things and to be able to see how both the pleasant and the unpleasant things of life fit together.
The way that God has provided for us to be able to know Him is through the Bible - the Book he has provided - the book that tells about Him - the book that lets us get to know Him - the Book that allows us to see beyond the pain and sorrow of the present to the HEAVEN of the future.
Yes, it is a happy thought to see what God has made but it is an even happier thought to know that the God of creation has given us a way to get to KNOW Him.
Original date before 5/18/1992
Larry E. Whittington
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