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Colors

 

My House

 

This post may off the topic but I wanted to share this though with you.

This week after two months of working on my house, I am moving in starting Monday, but two days ago I was talking to a friend about the colors I chose for my house and there was a comment about me choosing different colors other than just white. Now please understand that nothing was meant by the comment other than the person likes white. Well to be truthful and in full discloser this person does not like my red door. But it did get me to thinking about why I chose the colors and here is my answer.  

When I get up in the morning I thank God for everything He has done for me, but most of all I thank Him for allowing me to be in His service. Then I go to my house and I see the snow covered mountains and it reminds me how great our God is and how truly amazing He is as well. Ok by now you are probably saying what does any of this have to do with the colors on and in my house, but you see I see God and His glory in them.

Just think about it, God could have made everything white or blue or even red, but He chose to make a full range of colors and not only that, He could have made the earth with no hills or mountains, well we call that Texas.  So let’s look at some of these colors God chose to make;

Red:  symbolizes blood atonement; sacrifice of Christ’s blood; covenant of grace; cleansing justification; sin, atonement; war; the wrath of God; judgment; death; love; life; the earth; redemption; sacrifice; consuming fire; the person of Jesus; the cross. (Isa. 1:18;  Heb. 9:14; Romans 3:25).  Red cannot be formulated by mixing any other color together.  The Hebrew word “Oudem” means “red clay”.  It is the root word from the name Adam, Esau, and Edom; all speak of flesh.

Gold or Yellow:  Symbolizes the Glory of God ; divine nature; holiness; eternal deity; the Godhead; Purification; majesty; righteousness; divine light; kingliness; trial by fire; mercy;  power; His Deity; Glory (Mal: 3:3;  1 Peter: 1:7; Rev. 3:18;  Rev. 4:4). Yellow or Gold is also primary.  It always speaks of trial and purging.

Green:  Praise, eternal life, vigor, prosperity, mercy, restoration, health, healing, new beginning, freshness, God’s holy seed, harvest, sowing and reaping, immortality, fresh oil, new life, joy in hope (Gen. 1:30;  Ps. 23:2;  Lk. 23:31;  Rev. 22:2).

Blue:  Symbolizes the heavenly realm; prayer; priesthood; authority; revealed God; grace; divinity; Holy Spirit; overcomer; revelation knowledge; the Truth; the Word of God; the Word; Messiah.

Blue speaks to us of the eternal presence of God.  The color of God’s chosen nation, the people of Israel, blue dating back to the time of David.  We also see in (Ezek. 1:26) that the restored throne of David which will rule supreme in all the earth, being God’s throne, is spoken of as sapphire, which is blue. 

Purple:  Symbolizes Jesus’ royalty; believer’s royalty; majesty; wealth; power; penitence; the name of God; kingdom authority; dominion, son-ship; the promises of God; inheritance; mediator; inheritance; priesthood.   Purple is the color that was worn by princes and nobles (Ezekiel 23:6).

White: Symbolizes Creator; righteousness acquired through blood of Christ; Bride’s garment; salvation; surrender; holiness, saints; angels, peace; triumph; victory; glory; joy; light.   (Rev. 4:4, 6:2)

And when God spoke to Noah after the flood, and placed a rainbow in the sky, in the colors of this rainbow, God was displaying a His promise to all living creatures of the earth (Gen. 9:13-16).           

So my point to this post is that God created all the colors we see, some we have attached meaning and others God has, but they are all for us and we should experience them all. When we live in just one color we are missing the whole point of life. What is that point? It is, God loves us so much that he wanted us to live in the colors, love in the colors and honor Him with the colors. The best way for us to do this is by living our lives to the in the colors, we must experience the full spectrum.

A balance of work and play and all should be in honor of Him. If we work so much that we do not play then our work becomes a burden and we are not honoring God. If we play all the time, we miss the point of this life preparing us to live in the enteral kingdom. Yes we will make mistakes, a lot of them, like putting a red door on our gray house. But God loves us so much that when we make these mistakes He will overlook them and yes even that red door and say come in to my house I have room for you.

You see life is about the colors and the experiences we have in this life. And when all we do is live in a white world are we truly living the life God has gifted us with. So live your life in as many colors as you can.

About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

4 comments on “Colors

  1. Rosi
    October 14, 2011

    I think your red door has character and so I am wondering what colors did you choose for inside? When we redid my sisters house(the one that burned) we did so many new and neat colors. As you say God created these colors and we are to enjoy them.

    • bobh6
      October 14, 2011

      I will add the inside photos after I put the carpet down on Sunday

  2. Amalia
    October 14, 2011

    This is now my third time in attempting to post my thoughts. It’s ok because each time I repost God refines my thoughts and would better organize it to be a greater glory to Him.
    So I’ll pratice patience…God willing.

    I was thinking how God made all the colors of the rainbow and reveals to us more of His character. He isn’t a God of black and white like we often hear; I understand the emphaises on absolute. But how absolute, or black or white, is God? Do things have to match up just perfectly to be accepted? There isn’t a pre judging based on information taken in through the senses of sight…or any other for that matter.

    Yes grass is grean, or yellowish-brown (as in Texas) and no where would you find purple grass (that I know of atleast); but God as our father is more relaxed on absolutes with us His kids. For instance if my child drew me picture of green grass, purple or even rainbow…would I reject it and scorn him for not getting the color absolutely correct? God is not described in the Bible as blk or wht, but instead as a light so bright, it’s such a pure white, radiating a pure beautiful rainbow of all the colors…even those we can’t see now.

    Studies show we only are able to see a narrow prism of colors. Our current eyes are not equipped to take in so much light. We’re so limited. We really do go around like blind men in a dark world. I can’t wait to reiceive a new body at the rescurection with new eyes to see…and be finally able to see God as He is…in real color.

    When we think about the variety of colors God created in our world; with it’s differnent emphasises and impact on our emotions also; we see a God of season and cirumstance. There are times God calls us to look up at the blue sky and be in awe of His majesty and be lead into a feeling of submission to authority, and a time to look down at the green grass and feel impressed in thoughts and reasoning, and there even is a time to see the red dawning of the sun and be invigorated and excited with thought of time running out and a need to appricate the now and roused to act now whole heartedly before our day (or time) is over. God uses so many things through the means of our senses, like colors, music, and reasoning, to influance us in the path of the love (red) and peace (blue) and the time of war and of peace. He influances but we choose how we personally want to respond to His leading.

    Are we opened to the full array of God’s influances; or are we given into pre-concieved ideas of blacks and whites and badger ourselves or others for coloring out side the lines and using the wrong colors. We need to understand there’s a bigger picture, and pray for more light to better see the beauty in differences. Once heard a saying; Christians see the world through stain glass windows. What a beautiful image!

    • bobh6
      October 15, 2011

      Well said Amalia, I agree that too many times we see God as black and white and yes there are many things that are, but there are even more things that are not.

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