Do You See It?
Jesus said: “Consider the ravens: they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable are you than birds…Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Luke 12:24 and 27
When is the last time you stopped to watch a bird doing its thing or scrutinized a flower and the unique beauty which sets it apart from all the other flowers you have ever seen with your own eyes? When did you last take the time to observe something in the creation and purposefully think about what it is, how it works, how it came to be, and what its glory is? Is life so demanding, pressured and fast that to even contemplate doing that seems to you somewhat wasteful of your time and priorities? At first glance this instruction from the “Master-builder and Creator” appears to be solely aimed at an antidote for worry and anxiety, something all of us know quite well. In fact we know such “burdens” better than the Creation in which we live. Jesus’ method to teach us what life ought to be reaffirms a principle we find throughout Scripture: the Creation is not just there to provide a place in which to eat and drink, live and die. It is there to reveal its Creator, lead us to increasing knowledge of who He is and who we are, and elicit from us wonder, awe and praise of Him who has brought it all into existence and holds it together.
Our capacity to do exactly what Jesus commands of us sets us above the rest of the Creation. We were not created to be like the “brute beasts of the field” whom He has placed us over as rulers. We each have been given the capacity to CONSIDER the world in which we live and the things we find in it. Doing so is not a waste of time or a frivolous exercise in Jesus’ eyes. It is necessary to the knowledge of God and His Son, whom to know is real life; life that does not come to an end. God chose to reveal Himself to us through two "maps," both of which are focused in His Son: the Creation and the Scriptures. “For by Him (Jesus Christ) all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17) The whole point of Psalm 8 is that when we accurately consider the world in which we have been placed we come to understand who we are, that He cares for us, and because of our observation we are brought to exclaim with joy, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1 and 9) This is the benefit and resulting joy of taking time to observe, consider, and delight in His creation. We must read and do His Word. But we must also consider and glory in what He has made for our joy and knowledge, especially the knowledge of Him!
The revelation of the Gospel in the Scriptures is necessary to an understanding of sin and salvation in Christ; why He had to die, and rise from the grave. But it is the Creation which necessarily complements the Scriptures to display the awesome beauty and love and glory of the character of God in His Son. He has created all this that you might see and experience, consider and learn, how much He thinks of and cares for you! Read Proverbs 8:27-36 and you will see exactly this. Here you see the merger of both the Creation and His instructions aimed by the Spirit of God at your eyes and your heart in order that you might find Him, and in finding Him, find life! (vs. 35) But notice also verse 36: “Whoever fails to find me (in Creation and in the Scriptures) harms himself; all who hate me (that is, ignore me) love death.”
Its summer; you have few excuses like the cold, the rain, the snow, or whatever. Get outside; walk, observe, think, praise, and delight...to this specific end: that you might know, love, and enjoy Him more!