Abiding Through Reflection
In the second episode of the Good and Faithful Show, G focuses on abiding as the single most important thing we can do as servants of Jesus Christ and children of God. Abiding consists of spending time with God each moment of the day. Knowing and understanding that without Him we are nothing and can do nothing. As such, abiding is the single most important thing we can and must do as Good and Faithful servants. We learned that abiding can take many forms, but today we will discuss how we can abide through reflection of God’s creation.
To begin, we know that all creation points to the majesty of God. In the first few stanzas of Psalm 19, King David speaks of the beauty of the heavens and the earth as they reflect the glory of God:
The psalmist begins this poetic song by proclaiming the glory that comes from the heavens. As he looks into the sky, he sees the marks of an Intelligent Creator. As each day comes and goes, the speech of this Intelligent Designer pours out as His knowledge is told to all of creation. The word of this Majestic Creator is heard throughout the world and through them even the sun is set in place.
This psalm is an example of God disclosing Himself to His creation. Through the skies and the sun, He shows creation who He is and what He has done. As Romans 1:18-20 points out to us, what can be known about God is plain to all humanity. So, everyone is without excuse when rejecting the Sovereign Lord. Unfortunately, man’s sinfulness disregards this visible example of God’s existence at his own peril.
Still, when we, the Good and Faithful, reflect on the goodness, majesty and glory of God seen through creation we cannot help but feel overwhelmed with joy and love. Through His word, God has founded the world and given everything we need to live and flourish. Moreover, through His Son, we have dominion over creation as His regents and representatives (Gen. 1:28). What further love can be shown by our loving Father, but to provide for His children and give to them an inheritance in this world and the next? How can human beings express gratefulness to a God who has made them in His image and crowned them with glory? We express our gratitude to our Father by worshipping and praising Him and serving Him as His Good and Faithful servants. We show our love to Him by abiding in Him so that He can abide in us.
So, take time today to seek God, draw closer to Him, and abide in Him. Look into the sky where the evidence of His handiwork can be visibly seen. Let it cause you to marvel and acknowledge as the Psalmist did in Psalm 62:11:
Power belongs to God!
Ask the Lord to give you eyes to see His reflection in His creation. Ask Him to help you see the great intentionality with which He formed not only the moon and stars, the earth and all that is in it, but you as well. Ask Father to give you ears to hear how His creation proclaims His goodness to you today. Give thanks to the Lord for all that He has made. As you look and listen to the handiwork of God, ask the Lord to soften your heart to His presence and fall deeper in love with Him. Ask Him to help you abide in Him.
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Thank you Pastor Charles for the insight! I love the distinction between Psalms 19 and Romans 1, we have only two options, to see creation and worship it’s Creator, acknowledging and abiding in His goodness and love, or worship the created thing, ignoring the Creator and walking apart from Him. I pray I always take the time to note His handiwork and give Him praise!