God Didn’t Just Provide for Our Practical Needs

When life seems like it is dull at times, praise God because it could be worse!  John Calvin reminds us that God didn’t just provide for our practical needs, but also for our delight.

Now if we ponder to what end God created food, we shall find that he meant not only to provide for necessity but also for delight and good cheer. Thus the purpose of clothing, in addition to necessity, was comeliness and honor. In grasses, trees and fruits, besides their various uses, there is beauty of appearance and sweetness of aroma. . . . Has the Lord clothed the flowers with the great beauty which greets our eyes, the sweetness of aroma that is wafted upon our nostrils, and yet will it be unlawful for our eyes to be affected by that beauty or our sense of smell by the sweetness of that aroma? (John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 3.10.2)

God gives us all sorts of variety, he could have just stuck us with one type of flower and one type of tree, but He didn’t.  Think of the odd creatures He put on this earth.  Why did He make sunsets so colorful?  Because He is glorified in them, but they are also awe-inspiring.  In them we see His handiwork.  He is a creative, awesome, and powerful God!

HT: Ray Ortlund

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