About ten years ago, I came to a crisis in my spiritual development where I had to admit that my concept of God was limited and flawed. The stern, distant, aloof, and brooding god that occupied my mind didn’t take part in my life. I needed, and desperately yearned for a God who interacted with His creation; a God that was able to reach down into my chaotic, dark, and dismal life, and give me a new heart and speak a new name over me. I learned quickly and have never forgotten that a person’s view of God greatly shapes their life. Therefore, developing and maintaining elevated thoughts of God is essential for proper spiritual health and stamina.

Our perceptions of God can be expanded through contemplation and meditation. “The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory” (Psalm 97:6, NIV). The Apostle Paul tells us, “...since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:20, NIV). Isaiah invites us to consider the heavens again. “Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing” (Isaiah 40:26, NIV).

When beginning the study of God, one of the first discoveries the seeker uncovers is that God does things to bring glory to himself. Every part of the cosmos displays on the grandest scale God’s splendor, creativity, and majesty. Our greatest comprehension of the size of the universe, God’s creation by His spoken word, gives a barely visible shadow of His unsearchable nature and indescribable power. As scientists continue to explore and discover unknown parts of the solar system, the Milky Way Galaxy, and the universe, they will further help us to understand that the skies declare God’s glory; the heavens exalt Him in worship. God the Divine Creator created all that we see—the earth, the moon, the other eight planets in our solar system, the sun, the Milky Way Galaxy containing hundreds of billions of stars and solar systems, and the universe containing hundreds of billions galaxies—and all that we don’t see. Brennin Manning said, “Creation discloses a power that baffles our minds and beggars our speech.”[1] Even so, my prayer for me, you, and all who call on the name of the Lord is: “Dear Lord, expand our limited and imperfect understanding so that we may be incited to deeper wonder, greater admiration, more profound praise, and more heartfelt worship.”

[1] Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 1990, pg 35.

Veronica Jones-Brown writes on a variety of topics with an emphasis on Spiritual Growth, Christian Living, and Personal Development. She enjoys teaching Sunday school, mentoring, and speaking and training in churches and at conferences. Veronica loves meeting people who desire more of God, saying that interacting with them rejuvenates, inspires, and encourages her. She lives in the East Texas area with her husband James, a wonderful man and Veronica’s greatest supporter. They have two children, Olivia and Aaron. Visit her at www.veronicajonesbrown.com, or email her at vero@consolidated.net.