heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
God has surrounded us with nature's
beautiful scenery to attract and interest the mind. It is His design that we
should associate the glories of nature with His character. If we faithfully
study the book of nature, we shall find it a fruitful source for contemplating
the infinite love and power of God. . . .
The great Master Artist has painted upon
heaven's shifting, changing canvas the glories of the setting sun. He has
tinted and gilded the heavens with gold, silver, and crimson, as though the
portals of high heaven were thrown open, that we might view its gleamings and
our imagination take hold of the glory within. Many turn carelessly from this
heavenly wrought picture. They fail to trace the infinite love and power of God
in the surpassing beauties seen in the heavens, but are almost entranced as
they view the imperfect paintings, in imitation of the Master Artist.
The Redeemer of the world chose the open
air in which to give His lessons of instruction. . . . He chose the groves and
the seaside, where He could have a commanding view of landscape and varied
scenery, that He might illustrate important truths of the kingdom of God by the
works of God in nature.
Look at the wonderful and beautiful
things of nature. Think of their marvelous adaptation to the needs and
happiness, not only of man, but of all living creatures. The sunshine and the
rain, that gladden and refresh the earth, the hills and seas and plains, all
speak to us of the Creator's love. It is God who brings the bud to bloom, the
flower to fruit. It is He who supplies the daily needs of all His creatures.
The heart is quickened, and throbs with
new and deeper love, mingled with awe and reverence, as we contemplate God in
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