Everything to Enjoy

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017

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Key Bible Verse: God’s works are so great, worth a lifetime of study—endless enjoyment! Splendor and beauty mark his craft; his generosity never gives out. His miracles are his memorial—this God of grace, this God of love. (Psalm 111:2–4, The Message)

Dig Deeper: Proverbs 8

[In Proverbs 8,] God is giving us a whole new way of seeing everything. We naturally tend to think piecemeal. But the God-centered wholeness of life is wisdom, and it is joyous.

The sage is teaching us the doctrine of creation. [It] runs throughout the Bible. Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (ESV, et al.). Revelation 4:11: “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things.” Living in his universe, we have nothing to fear and everything to enjoy. God made it all, for us, to the praise of his glory. So there goes superstition. There goes asceticism. There goes stoicism. There goes religious grumpiness.

Because of God, everything in the creation is good. Because of Adam, everything God made is marred and tragic—including our personal responses to everything God made. Because of Christ, everything God made will be redeemed. So even now everything is, in principle, eligible for wise enjoyment under Christ (1 Tim. 4:1-5). The NFL is good, fallen, and redeemable. Gardening is good, fallen, and redeemable. Your job is good, fallen, and redeemable. Everything God created is good, and we should rejoice in God our Creator.

– Ray Ortlund Jr. in Proverbs


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