Summary: Our physical eyes and other human faculties tend to perceive only the wonder of the physical creation; but, even from the beginning, if we have the spiritual eyes to see, we can already admire the Splendour of God!
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day” (Gen. 1:1-5, NKJV).
The popular teaching is that we can disregard, refuse, or reject God because we just choose to.
Is it right to say, then, that our human freedom would move us to prefer not to value or shun away what we know to be so admirable?
God’s Word shows, however, that those who are not attracted to God had failed actually to behold fully His Excellence! They are actually ignorant of Him.
Because of the erroneous concept of God, or ignorance of His Glory, men perceive sin to be more pleasurable than God, the ways of Satan or of this world are more attractive, and personal ambition is more desirable to be cherished.
Our physical eyes and other human faculties tend to perceive only the wonder of the physical creation or what could be appreciated by our physical senses. But, even from the beginning, if we have the spiritual eyes to see, we can already admire so much the Splendour of God!
The opening sentence in God’s Word states:
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
God can create.
He created the heavens and the earth, as we also read In Isaiah 45:18,
“For thus says the LORD,
Who created the heavens,
Who is God,
Who formed the earth and made it,
Who has established it,
Who did not create it in vain,
Who formed it to be inhabited:
‘I am the LORD, and there is no other.’”
Should our interest or attention would not be caught by Him who can make something out of nothing?
Should we not be in awe of God and admire Him exceedingly?
And He could also create a new heaven and a new earth. We read in Isaiah 65:17-18:
"For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create;
For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing,
And her people a joy.”
God created not only the heavens and the earth. We read in Amos 4:13,
He who forms mountains,
And creates the wind,
Who declares to man what his thought is,
And makes the morning darkness,
Who treads the high places of the earth --
The LORD God of hosts is His name.“
Also, He declared in Isaiah 45:7,
“I form the light and create darkness,
I make peace and create calamity;
I, the LORD, do all these things.“
In fact, He created all things, as we read:
"You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created" (Rev. 4:11).
What overwhelming Power He has!
And if we are not attracted to Him, He can give us a new heart (Ezek. 36:26) or even create a clean heart in us – a heart that can appreciate Divine Beauty!
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me” ( Ps. 51:10).
Let’s proceed to the next verse:
“The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:2).
Should not this verse make God also attractive to us?
Could we not realize that though our life seemed “without form, and void” – we are not really alone? Though we are in the “darkness” – we could also say confidently, like David:
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Ps. 23:4).
God is also watching over us. He does not leave us all alone.
If His Spirit “was hovering over…” us before, He is now dwelling in the believers today.
You could also admire God in Genesis 1:3. It says, “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.”
Notice it that what God had said became a reality! He “said…” and “there was…”
We read also in verse 6, “Then God said, ‘Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.’"