This is written on perhaps the coldest day of this winter. But doesn’t it thrill us to think of the many moments we have enjoyed viewing or basking in “nature’s” glorious presence! Spring fever will soon overtake many of us for those mountains, canyons, fields, oceans, lakes, streams, plants of beauty and the beasts. They provide delight, challenge and sustains us.
What we call “nature” declares the One even more wonderful – the Father of us all, the Creator of nature and every good thing we enjoy. The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead… (Romans 1:20a). The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1).
God also provides a fulfilling challenge to attain ALL of His blessings and our BEST potential in being like His Son. He sustains us and blesses us with every good thing in life. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17). His spiritual blessings do not go dormant with the seasons nor fade in their beauty. No man can contaminate or deface the greatest of God’s blessings. His Son, Jesus and the life we may know in Christ are the greatest of Our Father’s gifts. Jesus says, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10).
By His word, the Bible and living the Christian life, we attain the blessedness our loving Father is waiting to bestow on us. All spiritual blessing under the sun are in the Son (Ephesians 1:3-6; Galatians 3:26-29). Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:9-13: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him….Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
Maybe it is hard to think on parts of “nature” that seem dead for the the cold of Winter. Like in an hour of sorrow, our desires seem difficult to revive. But our Father knows and can provide every need we have and ones of cheer that will endure the ages. After-all it is He who has given us family, friends and the wonder of “nature”. Great comfort and delight can be known even in the darkest of hours to those who trust God. Another and far more glorious spring is yet to come to life for those who trust and obey Him.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4). Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality(1Corinthians 15:51-53). For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1Thessalonians 4:16-17).
It is enjoyable to listen to a fisherman, hunter or outdoorsman tell about his love of nature and exploits in the wild. They speak about the nice crisp air of a Fall or Winter morning, the sights and the calm of being in the Arkansas woods, rivers and lakes. Outdoors men gain a great knowledge, appreciation and excitement for “nature”. For just a few moments, let’s contemplate another beautiful realm – heaven – God’s real country! Can you imagine the experience? Here is a poem about that from an author unknown.
What Must It Be Like?
What must it be to step on shore, and find it – heaven;
To take hold of a hand, and find it – God’s hand;
To breathe a new air, and find it – celestial air;
To be invigorated, and find it – immortality;
To rise from the care, and loneliness, and turmoil of earth into unbroken calm;
To wake up and find it – Glory.
Someone acquainted with the third heaven wrote, For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen (Ephesians 3:14-21). Amen. HJS