Why would anyone choose to live without love? I know that I wouldn’t. The people that I call friends wouldn’t. Yet there are people who prefer to live a life that is filled with hatred.
Many are the ways in which God is seeking to make Himself known to us and bring us unto communion with Him. Nature speaks to our senses without ceasing. The open heart will be impressed with the love and glory of God as revealed through the works of His hands. The listening ear can hear and understand the communications of God through the things of nature. The green fields, the lofty trees, the buds and flowers, the passing clouds, the falling rain, the babbling brooks, the glories of the heavens speak to our hearts, and invite us to become acquainted with Him who Made them all.
Our Saviour bound up His precious lessons with the things of nature. The trees, the birds, the flowers of the valley, the hills, the lakes, and the beautiful heavens, as well as the incidents and surroundings of daily life were all linked with the words of truth, that His lessons might thus be often recalled to mind, even amid the busy cares of man’s life of work. God wants His children to appreciate His works and delight in the simple, quiet beauty with which He has adorned our earthly home. He is a lover of of that which is beautiful, and above all that is outwardly attractive he loves beauty of character; He wants us to cultivate purity and simplicity, the quiet graces of the flowers. If we would only listen, God’s created works will teach us precious lessons of obedience and trust. From the stars that in their courses through space follow from age to age their appointed paths, down to the minutest atom, the things of nature obey the Creator’s will. And God cares for everything and sustains everything that He has created. He who upholds the unnumbered worlds throughout the immensity of the universe, at the same time cares for the wants of the little brown sparrow that sings its humble song without fear. When men go forth to their daily labours, as when they engage in prayer when they lie down at night and when they rise in the morning; when the rich man feasts in his palace, or when the poor man gathers his children about the scant offerings of the table, each is tenderly watched by the heavenly Father. No tears are shed that God does not notice. It says in the Psalms that He has all of them in a jar! There is no smile that He does not take notice of.
If we would just truly believe this, all undue anxieties would be dismissed. Our lives wuld not be so filled with disappointment as now; for everything, whether great or small would be left in the hands of God, who is not perplexed by the multiplicity of cares or overwhelmed by their weight. We should then enjoy a rest of soul to which many have long been strangers. As your senses delight in the lovliness of the earth, think of the world that is to come that shall never know the blight of sin and death; where the face of nature will no more wear the shadow of the curse. Let your imaginations picture the home of the saved, and remember that it will be more glorious than your brightest imagination can portray.. In the varied gifts of God in nature we see but the faintest gleaming of His glory. It is written “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him”.
The poet has many things to say about nature, but it is the Christian who enjoys the beauty of the earth with the highest appreciation, because we regonise our Father’s handiwork and perceive His love in flowers and shrubs and trees. No one can fully appreciate the significance of mountains and valleys, rivers and oceans, but we see them as an expression of God’s love for man. We know that all of what we see in no ‘accident’.
God speaks to us through His providential workings and through the influence of His Spirit upon our hearts. In our circumstances and surroundings, in the changes daily taking place around us, we may find precious lessons if our hearts are but open to discern them. The psalmist, taking in the fullness of the bounty with which we have been provided says, “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” “Whomever is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the loving-kindness of the Lord”.
Yes, for me, the only thing which makes life worthwhile is the knowledge that we are loved with a perfect love. A love that gave everything to secure our eternal glory. Yes, I must live in God’s love. I wouldn’t have it any other way.