God Is.... Beautiful
This morning we had the privilege to hear from one of Carmel's own, Tim Willard. He showed us the difference between the world's definition of beauty and what beauty truly is all about. The world's beauty looks inward. The goal of art today is a display of self-expression, but when that is the case, it leaves us wanting.
C.S. Lewis challenges us to look at "the thing behind the thing". God "stirs man to take pleasure in praising Him". God's beauty points people to Himself. God's beauty leads to joy which leads to desire. The joy is "life itself". Joy is in the wonder of life...the gasp. The desire wanting a glimpse of Him...again and again.
God is beautiful.
He is most excellent.
God's beauty is divine perfection.
God's moral beauty is Truth and Goodness, which is holiness.
In 2 Samuel 22:7-20, David describes this picture of God in His time of need... 7"In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears. 8The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens shook; they trembled because he was angry. 9Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. 10He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. 11He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared d on the wings of the wind. 12He made darkness his canopy around him-the dark e rain clouds of the sky. 13Out of the brightness of his presence bolts of lightning blazed forth. 14The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. 15He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them. 16The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at the rebuke of the Lord, at the blast of breath from his nostrils. 17"He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. 18He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. 19They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. 20He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
Why is God described this way? It is because He is perfect, and our sin has made our relationship strained. His holiness draws us to Him (like it was in the Garden). He is utterly perfect. When He comes into our perfect world, we get "scared" because He is dreadfully AWE-FULL. In all of this, we LONG to be with Him and His wholeness, which is beauty.
To Discuss Today:
1. When you think of God, do you think: "What I need" or "Who He is"? Why?
2. Practice marveling at the beauty around you.
3. Slow down and be in silence.
4. Be "in the moment" with someone.
5. Remember why God made all of this...to remind you that He is coming for you!