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Topic: It's a Colorful World (12/03/09)
TITLE: God's Wonderful World of Color
By Henry Armstrong
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In the beginning God made the world and all things in it. And He made the animals of all kinds and colors and placed them in the wonderful, colorful Garden of Eden. Then God made man and placed him in the Garden where he would have lived forever if he obeyed God.
However, Adam disobeyed the Lord, and as a result, he was cast out of the beautiful garden only to see the beauty of Godís creation turned to briars and thorns. And not only that, man, whom God made ruler over His world, became so wicked that God destroyed that first world with a great flood except for Noah and his family.
But God promised Noah that He would never again destroy His creation with water, and as a token of His Word, God made a beautiful rainbow with all the effervescent colors known to man as a witness of His pledge. Thus, when we see a rainbow, we know that the storm is over, and thus we are reminded of Godís pledge.
God not only made man and this world in which we live, but He also made the heavens, the planets, the stars, and the many galaxies of the limitless universe to declare the glory of God. The Bible declares, ďThe heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiworkĒ (Psalms 19:1) NKJV. If we could ascend to the highest star in the universe, we would then find that we would be standing only on the border of Godís handiwork in the heavens. The many galaxies containing millions of stars and all the heavenly beings exhibit a wonderful picture of Godís grace on a starry night.
Godís creation of nature shows the magnificent beauty and colors of His creation. If we could travel to the Grand Canyon, the Yellowstone National Park, the Great Smokey Mountains, or to the Seven Wonders of the World, we would see Godís glory exhibited in these magnificent wonders of nature that were made by the hand of God.
Even the trees, flowers, animals and birds of many colors display Godís glory in nature. The blue bird looking for worms in the green grass, the hummingbird looking for nectar in the beautiful red roses, and the magnificent colors of the leaves in the fall all attest to the glory of God exhibited in nature.
. Whatís more, the exquisite landscape of Godís creation reveals the hand of God in nature. The rivers, streams, mountains, colorful foliage and trees of green are displays of Godís handiwork.The mountain streams and the snowcapped peaks attest to the work of God on our behalf. But perhaps the most elegant of Godís creation in nature are the wild flowers of many colors that grow in the wild kept safely by the hand of God.
To enhance the beauty of His creative work in nature, God has given us the sun to place a radiant glow upon His handiwork. And not only that, the sun is effervescent: it gives life to all that behold it, for without the sun, there would be no life. Therefore, the gentle rays of sunshine give colorful life-giving rays of beauty to Godís creation.
Furthermore, God has given us the snowflakes to enhance the beauty of His work in nature. The white flakes of snow forms a blanket to add to and encompass all of Godís wonderful creation in nature. Also, in the snowflake, God reveals that He alone is the Almighty God of creation because as far-fetched as it may seem to be, each flake is different from the others. And only the Almighty God could make them all different.
However, Godís crowning jewel of creation was His creation of man. Like the snowflake, each person is different from others. King David writes in Psalm 139:14: ďI will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Ē NKJV. When we consider all the intricate parts of the human body, how can we come to any other conclusion but that the hand of God made us?
Regardless of who we are or where we were born, we are all a part of Godís Wonderful World of Color. Perhaps God likes many different colors, for He makes the red man, the black man, the white man, the Arab, and the Hispanic. And He makes the birds, the flowers, the fish, and all the animals of the world in different colors to make A Colorful World.
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