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God's radiant beauty.

(The Philippine Star) - August 31, 2019 - 11:33am For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualitieshis eternal power and divine naturehave been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. Romans 1:20 Lord Howe Island is a small paradise of white sands and crystal waters off Australia's east coast.

When I visited some years ago, I was struck by its beauty. Here, one could swim with turtles and with fish like the shimmering trevally, while moon wrasses drifted nearby, flashing their neon colors like a billboard.

In its lagoon, I found coral reeds full of bright orange clownfish and yellow-striped butterfly fish that rushed to kiss my hand. Overwhelmed by such splendor, I couldn't help but worship God.

The apostle Paul gives the reason for my response. Creation at its best reveals something of God's nature (Rom.

1:20) The wonders of Lord Howe Island were giving me a glimpse of His own power and beauty. When the prophet Ezekiel encountered God, he was shown a radiant Being seated on a blue throne surrounded by glorious colors (Ezek.

1:25-28). The apostle John saw something similar: God sparkling like previous stones, encircled by emerald rainbow (Rev.

4:2-3). When God reveals Himself, He is found to be not only good and powerful but beautiful, too.

Creation reflects this beauty the way a piece of art reflects its artist. Nature often gets worshipped instead of God (Rom.

1:25). What a tragedy.

Instead, may earth's crystal waters and shimmering creatures point us to the One standing behind them who is more powerful and beautiful than anything in this world. Sheridan Voysey READ: Romans 1:18-25 The beauty of creation reflectsthe beauty of our Creator.

Bible in a Year:Psalms 132-134 and 1 Corinthians 11:17:34.

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Date:Aug 31, 2019
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