Seeing the glory of God

Exodus 20:4-5 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God. . .”

The whole earth is full of God’s glory (Isaiah 6). His wisdom, knowledge, beauty, gentleness, power, kindness, compassion, and so many other invisible attributes of His glorious nature can be derived, at least to an extent, by using the five senses He has given us to take in His creation. His handiwork is truly awesome and it shouts of his glory. As the Psalmist has said “The heavens declare the glory of God, the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world (Psalm 19:1-4).”

Some people complain that if there is truly a God, He would have left us some evidence. Sadly, they are so spiritually blind, deaf, dumb, and unfeeling that they do not realize that every single thing they see, hear, touch, taste, or smell, and even their own body is evidence of Him. On the other hand, there are those who don’t believe in the God of the Bible, and yet they are truly impressed by nature. They will speak glowingly of the “glory” of a sunset, and the “design” of some wondrous creature of the forest or sea, yet never acknowledge the Glorious Designer of it all. Some say that they actually “see god (note they do not mean the true God of the Bible) in nature.” In fact, to some, nature is God. With such statements, these people only reveal that their god is too small, and infinitely miniscule compared to the great I Am.

The truth is that although God has revealed much about Himself to us in nature, He is infinitely greater than nature. His infinitude is such that no “image” can truly capture his essence. He is infinitely greater than anything in His creation, for the Scriptures remind us that He simply spoke everything in our world instantly into existence. No “image” can capture Him. He is, indeed, invisible. And He has decreed in His Law that we not bow down to any physical thing that He has created. He knows us intimately, and He knows how apt we are to “exchange the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things (Romans 1:23).” This is a great sin against the very One who made us for Himself. As Exodus 20 states, He is a jealous God. He is not jealous of us – we have nothing He needs or anything to add to Him – but He is jealous for us. His is a fierce and exclusive love for us, analogous to that of a bridegroom for his bride.

May God help us to see His glory in all the earth. May the creation serve to turn our eyes toward our loving God and result in our worship of His great name.

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