We just got back from vacation. While we were in North Carolina, I was up early enough every morning to head out to the beach and have some time in the Word and in prayer and watch the sunrise.
It was just breathtaking.
One day in particular I started to just really ponder the grandeur of it all.
I watched the sunrise and considered the beautiful sunrise. The light was brilliant — so much so that you can’t watch it for more than a few seconds. The colors it cast across the sky can’t be described, nor can they be duplicated. But the sun’s beauty barely shed a light on its overall greatness; the sheer size of the Sun and how far away we really are from it left me speechless. Zoom out to the size of the galaxy, the size of the universe, and we are really…really…small.
Then I turned my attention to the waves coming in on the surf. Over and over, they just kept coming in. Water is the most powerful force on the planet. It cannot be reckoned with. You cannot compress it. Water wins every time.
It would be really easy to see the vastness of the universe or the brilliance of the sun’s light and walk away thinking about the greatness of the sun. It would be very easy to see the waves and the energy they possess and just be left speechless, driven to only speak of the sea if I can do it justice.
But even as great as the waves and the sea are, they are only created things. Which means there is a creator even bigger, and even greater than these things. And while we create things by toiling and laboring, by making countless revisions and continually perfecting, this Creator, the God of the Bible —
And all these things just became. That. Is. Power.
And it is tempting, because of what we can easily see, to marvel at the grandness of the Grand Canyon, or the greatness of the Great Barrier Reef, or the height of the highest mountains. It is easy to praise what we see and neglect worship for the one who is unseen and yet created it all.
Paul writes the following to the Romans:
20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. . . 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.Amen.
God has painted his image all through nature. The reason he gave us the spectacle of the sunrise is to see it and worship him for creating it! The reason he gave us the oceans is to observe his omnipotence!
We have to be sure that when we stand before breathtaking scenery, we don’t stop at worshiping created things, but go beyond to worshiping the creator himself.
It’s the difference of “Wow, that sunrise is great!” and “Wow, the God that created that sunrise is great!”
What is the most beautiful thing that you’ve ever seen?