– William Wilberforce
Consider the Heavens
David was awestruck, as many people are, by the vastness of the universe. He wrote, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place” (Psalm 8:3). How “great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them” (Psalm 11:2). Just think that our Creator “God made two great lights–the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars” (Gen. 1:16), and “the entire universe was formed at God’s command” (Heb. 11:3). The heavens declare God’s goodness, His greatness, and His glory (Psalm 19:1).
Consider the Flowers
Jesus said in Luke 12:27, “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these,” and, “See how the flowers of the field grow” (Matt. 6:28). God blesses His creation, including the “land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God” (Heb. 6:7).
God tells us through the writings of Paul that “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works” (Eph. 2:10a). Speaking of you and me, the psalmist declares that God “made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it” (Psalm 139:13-14), even saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jer. 1:5a). God formed or shaped us and made us into His own image (Gen. 1:26-27), and even today we are still being “renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator” (Col. 3:10). So He’s not done with us yet because when “God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God” (Gen. 5:1), and by His Spirit, He is still at work doing this but more into the image of Christ.
It is true that lovely flowers are the smiles of God’s goodness, but so is the universe, the sun, the moon, the stars, and so are we, who are being refashioned and conformed into His image by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:2). These things all glorify God, which, by the way, is our chief purpose for being created and existing.