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The Wonder and Wisdom of God’s Creation

The wonder and beauty of the world we live in are all around us every day. We enjoy the beautifully colored birds and flowers, the gorgeous skies at sunrise and sunset, the splendor and wonder of a star-filled sky, and the awesome power of the wind and ocean waves. Living in a world full of such beauty and diversity, we tend to take it for granted. We expect one season to flow into another. We expect blue skies, white clouds, green grass, brilliant white snow, multicolored leaves in the fall, flowers of almost every color and shape in the spring and summer. We expect birds, animals, insects, and fish of all sizes, shapes, and colors. We enjoy and appreciate rivers, lakes, oceans, sandy beaches, hills, mountains, and woodlands. The diversity and beauty of our world are almost endless.

But, we can take these things for granted and never ask why God made our world as it is. Did he have to give us so many colors and varieties? Could the world function without color and diversity? Probably. So, why did God create our world and the universe with wonder and beauty in mind? I think the answer reflects who God is, his nature, and the fact that he made mankind in his image with the ability to be creative and artistic and to appreciate beauty and art.

The magnificence, wonder, and beauty of the creation tells us about its Creator. “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). The beauty, diversity, complexity, vastness, and order we see in creation reflects the nature, power, and wisdom of God. God is not a God of chaos or deception. He created everything with wisdom and order so that humanity could seek and find him (Acts 17:24 – 27). What is science, but man discovering how God made everything? Hard science will always lead us to the intelligent Designer who put everything together with wisdom and order (Proverbs 3:19 – 20). “In wisdom you made them all” (Psalm 104:24).

Scientists may look into the intricate workings of God's creation, but those of us who are not trained in the mechanics of science can see God's hand just as clearly in the beauty, diversity, and wonder of his creation. “God's invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:20).

— Cynthia Clayton

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