Beauty was created by God for a purpose

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What if we were to realize that every sunset viewed, every sexual intimacy enjoyed, every favorite food savored, every song sung or listened to, every home decorated, and every rich moment enjoyed in this life isn’t ultimately about itself but is an expression and reflection of God’s essential character? Wouldn’t such beautiful and desirable reflections mean that their Source must be even more beautiful — and, ultimately, most desirable?

Creation speaks to us — every day, all the time, constantly shouting truths about spiritual reality.

… Creation speaks to us — every day, all the time, constantly shouting truths about spiritual reality. Did you hear it this morning as you got up? … Did you taste any truth as you delighted in your morning coffee? Did you hear any divine reality as you heard a bird singing? image001Did you see any truth as you saw the blue of the sky? What have you actually felt, tasted, touched, seen, and heard today? The whole earth is filled with His glory. Every day creation shouts to us, God is glorious! God is creator! God is provider! God is love! God is there! … Everywhere I look, everything I feel, hear, smell, and taste transmits the beauty of God through the beauty of creation. He is the beauty behind all beauty.

Beauty was created by God for a purpose: to give us the experience of wonder.

… Beauty was created by God for a purpose: to give us the experience of wonder. And wonder, in turn, is intended to lead us to the ultimate human expression and privilege: worship. Beauty is both a gift and a map. It is a gift to be enjoyed and a map to be followed back to the source of the beauty with praise and thanksgiving.

Wonder can save us when it convinces us that nothing is more desirable or beautiful than Christ.

… Wonder can save us when it convinces us that nothing is more desirable or beautiful than Christ. Once we are spiritually awakened, we apprehend the beauty of Christ and wonder grips our soul. As we have seen, wonder leads to worship. Wonder at His beauty leads to worship of His glory.

This is the death of the lie that something other than Christ can satisfy us

This is the death of the lie that something other than Christ can satisfy us — and the birth of new life in Christ. It is the restoration to what we were made for: wonder at and worship of the living Christ.

…  All beauty is a breadcrumb path that leads us to Christ.

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(From Eyes Wide Open: Enjoying God in Everything, by Steve DeWitt; excerpts compiled by Tony Reinke, Desiring God, Sept. 27, 2012 )

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About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and currently work at two jobs for which I'm very grateful -- part-time at my kids' school, and as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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