The ‘BEAUTY of NATURE’ points to the ‘CREATOR GOD’
July 29 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 40-42
"I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, the myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine and the box tree together, that they may see and know, and consider and understand together, that the hand of the Lord has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it." (Isaiah 41:19-20)
For the first time in the Book of Isaiah God referred to the nation Israel (the “descendants of Abraham”) as His “servant” (41:8-9). In the new act of redemption, the Creator of heaven and earth (40:26; 42:5; 45:12, 18) will renew everything for the sake of His people. In these passages, God promised Israel final victory over her two greatest foes throughout history: other nations (41:11–16) and the forces of nature in her own land (41:17–20).
The prophet Isaiah gives us a beautiful picture of God’s provision of water to abundantly supply the needs of His people. God promises them rivers, fountains, and springs of water. The abundant water supply would lead to the God’s planting of trees and vegetation (35:1, 2) in the wilderness: the cedar, acacia, myrtle, olive, fir, pine, and boxwood. These seven trees, all common to Syria and Israel, symbolize the perfection of God’s work on behalf of His people!
When we apply this passage to our time and place, we can visualize the handiwork of God in His creation, specifically the nature around us. The earth, which is the pinnacle of God’s creation, is filled with signs that points to the Creator God. Isaiah 41:19 describes the creative handiwork of God. The wonders of individual plants are part of God’s hand print as described in different passages of Scripture. In other places, we see the beauty and wonder of the rose (Isaiah 35:1), the lily (Matt. 6:28), and even a tiny plant that provided temporary shade for Jonah (Jonah 4:6).
God has colored nature with an unprecedented and unmatched display of beauty. They all scream to us silently about the greatness of God who has created them all on the third day (Gen. 1:11-13) by His spoken Word. Can we open our eyes to the beauty of nature today that is so evident around us and praise God Almighty for His creative wonders and His artistic masterpiece!