Our Generous God

Pierre Viret also traced out the loveliness of God’s generous Being
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Be Not Careless in Considering His Works

"because we are either sluggish or careless in considering His works, and because they quickly pass away from our view in consequence of our giving so little attention to them, [Isaiah] repeats the same statement in many forms. We give our attention to vain and useless matters, instead of admiring these works of God; and if at any time they excite our admiration, yet we quickly forget them, because we are speedily led aside to different and very unimportant matters.

Romans 1:20

"When we are delighted with flowery meadows and gentle breezes of wind, we may consider that we only see the emanations of the sweet benevolence of Jesus Christ; when we behold the fragrant rose and lily, we see His love and purity. So the green trees and fields, and singing of birds, are the emanations of His infinite joy and benignity; the easiness and naturalness of trees and vines [are] shadows of his infinite beauty and loveliness; the crystal rivers and murmuring streams have the footsteps of His sweet grace and bounty...

Jonathan Edwards—God's Glory Seen in Nature

“The manifestations God makes of Himself in His works are the principle manifestations of His perfections, and the declaration and teachings of His Word are to lead to these. By God’s declaring and teaching that He is infinitely powerful and wise, the creature believes that He is powerful and wise as He teaches, but in seeing His mighty and wise works, the effects of His power abd wisdom, the creature not only hears and believes, but sees His power, and wisdom, and so of His other perfections.”
Jonathan Edwards, Miscellanies No. 777


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