Failing to See


Reminders of God's Glory

Key Bible Verse: When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? (Psalm 83:3-4, ESV)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 8

The earthly father is a God-given mnemonic device to remind us of the glory of the heavenly Father. The shepherd reminds us of God’s care for his own. The snow is meant to remind us of the Lord’s purity and holiness. The storm reminds us of God’s power and wrath. The daily rising sun reminds us of God’s faithfulness. We’re literally surrounded by gracious reminders of the presence, power, authority, and character of God because he designed created things to function [that way]. He knows how quickly and easily we forget and how vital it is for us to remember, so he embedded reminders everywhere we look in his creation.

But even with all that, we still tend to be blind and forgetful. When blindness combines with amnesia, nothing good results, yet that’s just what sin does to us. It blinds our eyes and dulls our hearts. We all carry the corrupted capacity to look at the world around us and miss God. We enjoy the glories of creation, yet as we do, we fail to remember the Creator. God meant the earth to ignite and stimulate awe in us. As we encounter the physical world every day, we should be blown away by the glory of God to which it points.

– Paul David Tripp in Awe

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