The Place Of Humanity In God’s Purpose -Part 3-
The lessons of the Potter
MOST OF YOU who read these words will at some time or other have been to an exhibition, for all kinds of shows are held in the main countries of the world every year. Generally they are designed to be instructive and to further the interests of those who are putting on the display. They are often made up of different stands, each presenting its own theme. In a travel exhibition, for example, one stand might portray the grandeur of the United States, another the historical attractions of Britain, another the various means of travel from place to place, another the advantages of being able to converse with peoples of foreign countries. On each stand will be placed the best examples that can be found to illustrate its particular theme, and everything will be done, through arrangement and lighting effects, to enhance its impact.
Now this idea of putting things on exhibition in order to demonstrate certain facts is by no means new and has indeed been used by God on many occasions. For instance, He has filled the heavens with stars in order to display His majesty and glory. “The heavens declare (or are rehearsing) the glory of God,” says the Psalmist (Psalm 19:1). This is a display that is going on all the time; it was true in David’s day, when the psalm was written. It was true back in Abraham’s time, for was not he told to gaze into the heavens and count the stars and see if it were possible to number them? It is still true today. It is a tremendous display of God’s greatness and wisdom and power, both in the creation and in the control of such a multitude of heavenly bodies, and it is rehearsed for us both by day and by night. “Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.”
And into whatever aspects of creation we look, whether into the infinitely great or the infinitesimally small, we find the majesty of God displayed.