3 June 2018

On the desktop of my computer, I’ve just set a photo as my background.  It’s a photo of a landscape that I took while fishing for trout (not catching I might add) on the western edge of Lake Hawea in Central Otago.  In the foreground from the boat, you can see beautiful blue water, edged by farmland.  Almost immediately behind this strip of farmland, the land rears up in increasing heights, finally finishing with snow-capped mountains against the background of blue skies.  The air being as pure as it is in Central Otago, what is actually miles away seems like you could just reach out and touch it.  All-in-all, it’s a beautiful, breath-taking view of God’s amazing provision for us in and through His creation.  Not only is the landscape there, but He’s also given us the gift of being able to marvel at its wonders.  This is a natural wonder.

In today’s passage from 1 Corinthians 12, we get to look at and marvel at the supernatural wonder of God Himself making Himself present with us in and through the works of the Holy Spirit.  When you ‘gaze’ upon the wonders of the gifts of the Spirit, you cannot help but experience such deep gratitude for all that God has done, and does for us in the gifts of His Spirit.  He enables us, equips us, directs us and encourages us by His very self through this life we live as Believers, and He does so simply by His grace.  He could’ve ‘wound up the clock’ of creation and simply watch it run down, or He could’ve got involved with it, including us.  Thankfully, he chose the latter and for that, for  His imminent presence with us we can rejoice in awe and wonder, and be grateful.