The famed American theologian-philosopher Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) once remarked on the color green in the rainbow mentioned in Revelation 4:3:
This rainbow was ‘in sight like unto an emerald,’ which is a precious stone of an exceeding lovely green color, so green that this color appears in nothing else so lively and lovely. This color is a most fit emblem of divine grace; it is a very lively color, not so dull as blue or purple, and yet most easy to the sight, more easy than the more fiery colors of yellow and red. It is the color of all the grass, herbs, and trees, and growth of the earth, and therefore fitly denotes life, flourishing, prosperity, and happiness, which are often in Scripture compared to the green and flourishing growth of the earth. As the benign influence of the sun on the face of the earth is shown by this color above all others, so is the grace, and benign influence, and communication of God fitly represented by this color.
Now, no one can truly know the color most loved by the Divine, but truly at this time of year, with the vast outpouring of verdant hues it is of little surprise that Edwards might think that green would be the color of God’s pleasure. From the front porch of my house in the woods of Stanfordville, I gaze out at the trees becoming lush with leaves and the beauty and “life” of the many shades of green I see. It’s a glorious moment in the transition from the harsh brutality of winter to the lush warmth of summer for that moment of spring when suddenly barren trees spring to life. Is there a more beautiful picture of life than the green of spring?
Far too often though, we fail to think upon or focus upon this momentous event that happens all around us. Gone are the days when we would, as children, gather leaves for pressing into assignments to note the variety of trees in our backyards. Gone are the childhood climbs into the branches of said trees to admire and appreciate the green around us. These and many other adventures and experiences among the flourishing greenery have been replaced with a weary thought that the mass of green will become a mass of brown simply to be cleaned up. Yet, it is the transition from green to brown to barren to green again, which should cause us to stop for a moment and focus upon that moment when life is restored and the green returns.
As much as winter is a necessity, we mourn during it for the life that we saw during spring summer and into fall. When the leaves fell we mourned for the life for which we saw all around us and the impending foreboding of snow and harsh wind. Then, when seemingly winter would never end, life bursts forth, unable to be contained forever, and demonstrates that life conquers death. Is it any wonder that Edwards might have thought that God’s favorite color was green in that it rendered for us, in color, an “emblem of divine grace” since life so clearly conquers death (1 Corinthians 15:55). Just as Jesus Christ burst out of the tomb at Easter to show that death had no hold on Him (Acts 2:24), the green leaves burst out from the tomb of winter to show, in visible representation, that God’s grace is not bound, nay, can be bound, but is ready to burst forth in glorious abundance.
So, regardless of whether God’s favorite color is green, take a moment to stop, relax, and enjoy life in its lush and green goodness. The green all around is evidence of our abundant riches of life that have been bestowed upon us. As Martin Luther (1483–1546) once wrote, “For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.”
Gods favorite color happens to be Pink… The color usually closely accompanies love
Very interesting. So other than our modern connection of pink to Valentines Day and love, do you have a Scriptural or historical connection behind your thoughts?
I was so blessed,just now i realized why God choses green color because for its represents life,as God created everything,the herbs the plants and everything,before he created adam and eve,to live life to have there resources,nature is really matters in life,and its vital…Thank you for this wonderful information..God bless
Thank you for such a wonderful insight it can’t be more truth than that, I got into the curiosity of fetching after getting into a prayer point area where in the mid of prayer, then the green colour kept flushing in front of me from the stage where person preaching stood. I’m glad I now know why that one was.
I’m really blessed with this passage.
Spring is green….if you live in a green place. Otherwise it’s not.
Where Jesus was born, it wasn’t so green, for example.
You’re just seeing it in a self centred way.
The sky, on the other hand, is blue everywhere on earth.
The waters reflect the blue sky.
Therefore, Earth is a blue planet…not green
There is green in the Arab world. Regardless, the renewal of vegetation in the spring in much of the world is such a wonderful picture of the mercy and grace of God. No self-centeredness about it. Just a recognition of God’s goodness.
Let’s ask God what his favorite color is. Let’s pray, for an answer.
Thank you, for thinking of God.
Ok this is definitely wrong. You can’t tell God’s colour off 1 verse in the Bible. He has used other colours before why only green. I refuse to believe this.
Thanks for chiming in on something I wrote 6 years ago. The idea is tongue in cheek. I don’t believe God has a favorite color per se. But you must admit, the verdant hues mean God certainly loves green.
I must say the title this particular piece is eye catching. My mom, Florence, (1916-2005) often said her favorite color was green. Mom was mortal as are we, however; God is eternal and is our Creator. I enjoy the color green. God has created many colors and hues for our enjoyment and to help us remember seasons, His love, mercy and blessing to us. As stated in the response to Jeff you, Allen, do not believe God has a favorite color, and I agree. I certainly cannot fully explain all that color means to me. Color does provide a way to focus on our magnificent and awesome God. It is now time to praise God in the name of Jesus who uses color as part of our provision.
I agree with you James E. J. Green does catch the eyes of the beholder and I always loved the color, love spring too. All the different colors of green 💚 new life and with God we all get a new life. 💞🙏🤢
To me God’s color is blue, a most iridescent crystal blue.
The sky is blue, the ocean is blue, it even was said Jesus’s eyes were blue. I had never heard green being considered as his favorite color. But i know others thinks about God even having one. God has a wide palate of colors and that God loves colors.
Very receptive, thank you! I chose a teal color for the business God put in my heart to build, it represents green & blue for the top 2 colors that seem to stand out in the Bible. Great blogs!