Of Our Heavenly Home
even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with
all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and
all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven
worshippeth thee. Neh. 9:6.
is beauty in the valley’s awful grandeur, in the solemn, massive, cleft
rocks; there is majesty in the towering mountains that look as if they touched
the heavens. There are the lofty trees with their delicately formed leaves;
the spires of grass, the opening bud and blossoming flower, the forest trees,
and every living thing. They all point the mind to the great and living God.
Every faculty of our being testifies that there is a living God, and we may
learn from the open book of nature the most precious lessons in regard to
the Lord of heaven.
this study the mind expands, is elevated and uplifted, and becomes hungry
to know more of God and His majesty. We have awakened in our hearts feelings
not only of reverence and awe but of love, of faith, of trust and entire dependence
upon One who is the giver of all good. And as I look at His marvelous works
and see the evidences of His power I instinctively inquire, “What is
man that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”
the greatness and glory of these wonderful things in God’s house can
only be appreciated as they are, in the mind, associated with God and the
future home of bliss He is preparing for those who love Him. . . .While we
talk freely of other countries, why should we be reticent in regard to the
heavenly country, and the house not built with hands, eternal in the heavens?
This heavenly country is of more consequence to us than any other city or
country on the globe, therefore we should think and talk of this better—even
an heavenly—country. And why should we not converse more earnestly,
and in a heavenly frame of mind, in regard to God’s gifts in nature?
He has made all these things, and designs that we shall see God in His created
works. These things are to keep God in our remembrance and to lift our hearts
from sensual things and bind them in bonds of love and gratitude to our Creator.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 107.