The Love of God and Man’s Discouragement

Those who worship God in spirit and in truth know and understand what the scripture says, God is love. We need to continue to worship God in the deep sense of that love. The God that created man and all that surrounded man at creation, this beautiful planet that He created, when you look at it closely, it was all created by a motive of love; and it was simply addressed in this beautiful account of God having finished His creation and looking upon it:

The Love of God in Creation

Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [it was] very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Behold, everything was very good. As this statement is uttered in the word of God, it takes my mind out to the beautiful sceneries and the beautiful things that I have looked at and loved in nature, and indeed there are so many things, the vast scenery of a landscape that today only very minimally represents what God had done in the beginning. It was the worshipful admiration of this wonderful creation of God that displays God’s love in the very fact that He created in the first place. To reflect in our own meditation even though we don’t have the visual scenery before us, we can image it as it is described here:

Look at the wonderful and beautiful things of nature. Think of their marvelous adaptation to the needs and happiness, not only of man, but of all living creatures. {SC 9.1}

There is God’s love. The adaptation to the needs and happiness of everything that was created; you study it in science, it’s all there.

The sunshine and the rain, that gladden and refresh the earth, the hills and seas and plains, all speak to us of the Creator’s love. {SC 9.1}

[When He created man] God made man perfectly holy and happy; and the fair earth, as it came from the Creator’s hand, bore no blight of decay or shadow of the curse. {SC 9.2}

Just to be able to appreciate this pristine beauty is for us to contemplate, for the Holy Spirit to bring to our appreciation.

“God is love” is written upon every opening bud, upon every spire of springing grass. The lovely birds making the air vocal with their happy songs, the delicately tinted flowers in their perfection perfuming the air, the lofty trees of the forest with their rich foliage of living green — all testify to the tender, fatherly care of our God and to His desire to make His children happy. {SC 10.1}

When we stop to consider as to why God created in the first place, we discover in His creation, it’s because He loves. God on His own the three, could have remained eternally alone and shared none of their skill and love with anything else but this is not the character of God. He wants to share with other living creatures the joy and the love that is imbedded in His heart and so He created. Man’s relationship with God, the man that He created and all the other living intelligences that He created were able to enjoy the kind of relationship that was embodied in the three persons of the Godhead. We see there at creation when Adam and Eve were created:

Man was to bear God’s image, both in outward resemblance and in character. {PP 45.2}

He created a being that could love and that could enjoy being loved.

His nature was in harmony with the will of God. His mind was capable of comprehending divine things. His affections were pure; his appetites and passions were under the control of reason. He was holy and happy in bearing the image of God and in perfect obedience to His will. {PP 45.2}


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