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What is God? God is boundless freedom within the horizons of perfect love (Luke 4:18, 2nd Corinthians 3:17, 1st Corinthians 13:1-13). Love is not a limit to freedom, for true freedom cannot exist without it, yet love often limits its own freedom for the sake of others. The Bible tells us that God is love (1st John 4:8). Love calls for fair play. Isn’t that fair?

The Bible says that God is light (1st John 1:5). The first chapter of Genesis tells us that God created the phenomenon of light. He created the sun and stars to emit light, and the reflective properties of the moon. He formed the spectrum of the rainbow (Genesis 9:13-15). He created light to enable our eyes to comprehend his physical creation.

“Ayin,” the Hebrew word for “eye,” is also a word for color. We perceive “colors” when various wavelengths of light are either reflected or absorbed by different materials. God colors the worlds. The light dancing from forest leaves is reflecting the thought of our creator. Colors playing in the clouds show us something of God.

When the angle of reflection is right, light can appear to surf the ripples of a wandering brook, turning it into a flowing stream of diamonds. Life and love lend a special light to my wife’s blue eyes, and it was God who created them to be so beautiful and expressive.

Our senses were created to enable us to know God and experience his physical creation. I love to listen to the winter wind on the mountain behind our house. Sometimes it sounds like musical chords are being played in the barren trees. It feels magnificent to walk in that wind for a little while, but it isn’t a place to stay for very long.

God has created a world of sounds and songs. I don’t particularly like the sound of my name, but my wife can say it very beautifully. She doesn’t always make it sound that way of course. I suppose it wouldn’t sound so special if there was never variation.

A taste of honeysuckle nectar tells us that God is good. In a perfect world, bees would share their honey, and man would not “rob” their hives. The unexpected feel of a snowflake drifting to our skin is a touch from God. We have more than one way to experience “feeling.” An unexpected kindness from someone is evidence that God is not dead.

The sense of smell is often associated with nostalgia, a word which means “to know again.” A particular smell can recall a pleasant memory from a distant time. Some people believe that we possess a sixth sense, an extrasensory perception, but to make sense of that would require a separate post. For the moment, I’ll just say that it isn’t wise to accept every idea that comes to our mind as if it were our own original thought.

Unpleasant things sometimes force themselves upon our senses but I don’t want to focus there, because God did not desire the harsh and extreme things of this world. When our focus is held captive by these things, the thief is busy stealing some blessing that God has given. Stop to smell the roses, and the devil may show us a dead butterfly. Try to enjoy the sunset on the drive home after work, and a redbird smashes into the windshield.

These things are the calling cards of the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). They tell you loudly that this world is not heaven, but don’t let these things convince you that there is no heaven. God is beauty, but just as great masterpieces have been hidden when someone painted over them, the unfairness of our world obscures the work of God.

Anything that can be created can be misused, and that is the devil’s specialty. Our intelligence, senses, desires and dreams, anything material or imaginable can be used in ways that God didn’t intend. We can be mislead by “feeling.” We can be deceived by beauty. We can find ourselves out of balance anywhere.

Jesus said that offensive things must happen; that it is impossible for it to be otherwise, but woe to the person who causes them (Matthew 18:7, Luke 17:1, ref. King James Version). He said that we should not be offended at him when bad things happen (John 16:1-3). He is Lord over all things, but we don’t yet see everything in submission to him (Hebrews 2:8). God is not to blame. Sometimes, people unaware of God’s commands, or even in pure spite of them, bring terrible suffering upon themselves and others.

In a physical universe such as ours, natural disasters would inevitably occur if God didn’t continually intervene, and man works day and night to do away with God. The world that God made where everything was good has now devolved, and God cannot rightfully sustain such a world forever. Man will force it to an end, and God will have to create a new one (Revelation 21:1).

“Pas” (paths), an ancient Hebrew word that is translated as “many colors” in the Bible (Genesis 37:23), means “breadths,” (bands or widths). That is evidence that Hebrew thought, several thousand years ago, was in line with modern scientific understanding of the bands of light. Overlapping beams of the primary colors of light, reassemble themselves to become “white” light, but when the primary earthy pigments are stirred together, the mixture comes out black.

I wish that we never had to try to sense God in the darkness, but here we are. Don’t be offended at God. No offence is intended, and none should be taken. The beautiful and wonderful things of life are telling the truth about God. Listen carefully and believe them. The harsh and hateful things of earth do not render them untrue.

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