One of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a long time is a book called, Eyes Wide Open: Enjoying God in Everything, by a gifted writer named Steve DeWitt. The thesis of the book is that all beauty originates in God and is given to us to enjoy for the express purpose of leading us to the ultimate beauty that is God Himself. On page 7, in the introduction, he writes:
Every created beauty was created by God to lead our affections to Him. That’s why He made the pleasures of earthly beauty so fleeting—so that on the other side of the pleasure we might experience either wonder and worship and ultimate satisfaction in God or the pursuit of the pleasure that beauty provides for its own sake. If we choose the latter, we will only be disappointed again.
The book is filled with these kinds of spot-on quotables. It’s an extremely helpful read for the believer whose affections have run dry and who needs to be freshly overwhelmed with the majestic beauty of God. And it’s a must-read for anyone interested in art and aesthetics—what beauty is, what it means, where it comes from, and what it’s intended to do. You can read a short synopsis/review of the book from Tim Challies here, and can listen here as Tony Reinke from Desiring God interviewed Steve DeWitt.
In chapter 4 of the book, DeWitt examines the various ways that the creation reflects and leads us to God’s beauty. Today I’d like to share a few quotes from that chapter that I found to inspire me to greater worship and enjoyment of our God, in the hopes that they will do the same for you.