O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:9
Thomas Moore, the Irish poet and songwriter – “The Last Rose of Summer” is one of his – visited Niagara Falls in 1804. He was so impressed that he declared, “I felt as if approaching the very residence of the Deity.”
God’s world is not only full of beauty, but it is also full of awe-inspiring sights that attest God’s majesty and power: mountains, the redwood trees in California, the thundering cataracts.
Sometimes we feel so small by comparison. The psalmist had that feeling when he looked up into the sky. He exclaimed: “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:3-4).
That question only the Bible can answer. It declares in one of the great Gospel declarations: “God so loved the world [so loved frail human beings] that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Only God’s love can explain why He bestowed on the human being – on so small a creature – a glorious mind such as the mighty elephants, the giant sequoias, or Pike’s Peak, or even the sun in the sky do not have. The human mind can penetrate space, construct wonderful buildings, discover the powers of nature and harness them, as at Niagara Falls.
Only God’s love can explain why He did a great deal more than give human beings mind and memory; He gave them immortal souls and hearts capable of being changed from the hardness of sin to the tenderness of love. In love God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, who not only showed the human family what goodness is, but also made us capable of it by giving His life for us and sending the Holy Spirit to make us God’s children by faith. Here is a wonder that exceeds Niagara Falls.
PRAYER: O Heavenly Father, open my eyes and mind to the wonders of Your love in Christ Jesus. Amen.
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