According to the dictionaries, it means inspiring reverence or admiration, of supreme dignity or grandeur, majestic, venerable, eminent, worthy of respect because of age and dignity, high position, having exalted birth, character, state, or authority.
Sounds pretty descriptive of God, wouldn’t you say?
God exhibited all these august attributes when He spoke creation into being. Each seed of God’s Word stood positioned at conception’s gate, primed and eager for the Starter’s pistol to sound its commencement, and when God spoke His Word of power, He released the seeds of life and reaped the harvest of creation.
Scripture says, “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all their host by the breath of His mouth.” (Ps. 33:6 Amp)
All matter came alive at the sound of God’s voice. Within that matter is His voice imprint, His Word, still to this day, resonating in the entire universe, within every molecule, every atom, and every cell of every created thing – plants, animals, planets, sun, moon, stars, mankind, everything.
God’s Word never dies. How do I know? Because the Bible says so. Peter said, “The word of God which lives and abides forever…the word of the Lord remains forever.” (1 Peter 1:23b, 25 Received Greek Text) Would that just be His written Word or would that include His spoken Word?
David said in Psalm 33:9, “For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm.” (NIV) Meaning it remained, endured, continued.
And the writer of Hebrews tells us, “The word of God is living, and powerfully working.” (Heb. 4:12a RGT) The Greek word for “powerfully working” used here is energes, which means active, operative, effectual, at work, or powerful. The living, breathing Word of God is active and operative, giving “life and breath and all things to all.” (Acts 17:25 RGT)
Not ordinary words, God’s words are unseen, living entities, actually working energy and living matter of the eternal kind. A part of Himself.
And that part of Himself He graciously shares with those who love Him. Just as God’s Word gave life to the universe, His Word gives life to body, soul, and spirit because Jesus is “the Word of life.” (1 John 1:1b NLT) Jesus said, “The words which I speak to you are spirit and are life.” (John 6:63b RGT) If we have invited Jesus to rule our hearts, we have that living Word within us.
But if creation is so inspiring and God is so august, so worthy of respect, reverence, and admiration, then why do some not recognize God’s majestic handiwork in creation and accept Him as Creator?
The Word says, “They know the truth about God because He has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Rom. 1:19-20 NLT)
However, do we who know God appreciate His majesty and grandeur?
Step out into your backyard, or go to the outstretched ocean, or a gorgeous garden, or a flourishing forest, or the majestic mountains, whichever may be your favorite scene of nature, and just look around you. What greets you?
*Does the morning dew comfort you with the thought of drinking in God’s mercies or of His showering you with blessings?
All these are the entities of God’s voice imprint, surrounding you… pulsating in every living thing.
How can our hearts not feel gratitude to the One Who made this magnificent world and surrounds us every day with His august presence? Who pours out new mercies every morning? Whose Spirit is generously shared with all who love Him? Should we not bow in awe and pour out worship, thanksgiving, and unrestrained praise?
David said to the Lord, “All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your saints shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power, to make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.” (Ps. 145:10-13 NKJV)
Now, what is august to you?
*Soli deo gloria at Finding Heaven Today
God designed an opulent home for earth’s first inhabitants, which I’ll collectively call ‘man.’ God did not assign man to a cozy bungalow or a gold-inlayed palace, but rather He placed him in a gorgeous, prolific garden – all for man’s pleasure.
Starting with the roof, God made a never-ending, sapphire canopy, arrayed with a flaming chandelier of light to warm the man and illumine his path during the day.
Through the windows of heaven blew breezes for natural air conditioning. The tree of life spread out its limbs of shade for a cool respite in the afternoon.
For man’s bedroom, a luxurious carpet of green welcomed him as the first Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress, followed by a visitation of the counting sheep! Fields, overflowing with their harvests of grains and vegetables, all begging to be picked, contained the first outdoor kitchen.
The tree branches bowed to the ground under the ample supply of succulent, ripe fruit. For man’s drinking pleasure, crystalline water gushed forth from the center of the garden, meandering around its perimeter and forming four fluent tributaries, as a continual current of bubbly refreshment.
Saturated with the plentiful riches of the earth – gold, oil, spices, and precious stones – the garden provided man with abundant wealth.
While animals provided man with amusement, only man’s mate could provide him with the warmth of companionship, the arms of comfort, and the readiness to help.
All this provided not only man’s lodging and welfare but also his own personal art gallery. God colored in the canvas of creation with a palette of yellows, reds, greens, and blues, as if painting royal robes around creation’s shoulders.
At day’s end, when twilight hovered, God drew the curtain of darkness shut, poking holes in it for the stars to sparkle through like bazillions of twinkling lights sprinkled across a drape of black velvet. Choreographed like a dance of angels with flashlights and orchestrated by the man in the moon, these nightlights lit the path to the throne of the Creator. It must have been a breathtaking panorama!
God had lovingly clothed His Garden in an eye-popping ensemble of heaven’s finest garments, adorning it as a bride in her wedding finery. Created as a garden filled with joy and pleasure, Eden flourished as a little Patch of Heaven, a pure paradise, for its name means delicate, delight, or pleasure.
“So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed.” (Gen. 2:1 NLT) God’s creation completed. The seeds of His Word had transferred their power, done their job, producing all God had spoken.
Of all the garden’s lovingly created elements, no more precious element existed in the garden than God’s presence. In ancient times, when a Persian king wanted to present a special honor on one of his subjects, he granted the subject the title of “a companion of the garden,” which gave him the privilege of walking in the garden as a special friend and companion of the king.
And man did so unashamedly – for a while.
The garden of creation was God’s kingdom on earth, which contained health, wealth, welfare, safety, prosperity, peace, all God’s plan of salvation.
All that God created speaks of His forethought for benefiting all mankind, “The Father, Who is the Source of all things and for Whom we [have life],” (1 Cor. 8:6 Amp) created all things for the sustainment of life, so man should have The Light of the world, The Living Waters, and The Bread of Life. And “His divine power has given to us all things pertaining to life and godliness.” (2 Peter 1:3 RGT)
The Father filled the emptiness of earth with His kingdom, and only the kingdom can fulfill man’s emptiness.
David said, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Ps. 19:1-4 NIV)
In other words, the heavens present the creations of God’s handiwork like a singing and dancing chorus line, parading across a vast, cerulean stage. Daily, they declare the knowledge of God, and nightly, they sing their own special praise songs, but their divine drama goes unnoticed.
Seeing the vast universe that God has created, some people plead ignorance to the knowledge of the Creator and His Word in action.
Paul says they have no excuse, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Rom. 1:20 NLT)
Though the vast outer limits of celestial bodies silently declare the truth of God’s eternal power of creation, His handiwork is nowhere more evident than within man’s body.
God’s Word fashioned man in His Own image, as if He drew near to form him with His own hands out of the earth, as a potter in total absorption with his clay, taking time to sculpt him. Though God spoke man into being with His Word, He initiated a personal relationship with him as His special creation, as a hands-on project.
The Potter took His time with His most prized possession, and through His Word, molded here, patted there, adding more in this spot, a little less in that spot. Can’t you just imagine that Adam looked like one of Michelangelo’s statues when God was finished?
When God finished creating man, He knew every intricate organ, ligament, and cell in man’s body. He knew every hair on his head. And He knew exactly what that body needed to be held together.
The Word says, “Christ Himself is the Creator who made everything in heaven and earth, the things we can see and the things we can’t…all were made by Christ for His own use and glory. He was before all else began and it is His power that holds everything together.” (Col. 1:16-17 TLB) Including man’s body.
Quite some time ago, a friend sent me an email that had been circulating at the time and has since become quite renowned. It looks deep into the complexity of man’s body, into the cellular level, and shows what God created to hold our bodies together.
Many of you have probably read about or seen a video by Louie Giglio on laminin. If you haven’t, let me explain. (At the end of the post is a link to the video.)
Laminins are a family of proteins in our bodies. They are cell adhesion molecules and, with other proteins, literally are the glue holding our skin, organs, tissues, and cells in place and allow them to function properly. Without laminins, we would fall apart.
Now…here’s the cool part. This is what a laminin looks like…
Isn’t that awesome? We are held together by Christ in the cross…not only spiritually but physically as well. No one can e-v-e-r tell me there is no God!
“His power…holds everything together.”
I have no excuse not to believe. Do you?
If you’ve never seen the Louis Giglio video on laminin, it is awesome. Click here.