Genesis 1:1 (ESV)
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
(This is part 2 of our study on ‘Who is God‘)
The first attribute of God that we should look at is He is the creator! Why first? Because this is often the first evidence of God that anyone experiences.
Romans 1:20 (ESV)
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
God is THE creator. He created the world and all that is in it, not to mention the rest of the universe that is too great for us to comprehend! Straight away that tells us some things about God.
God is powerful. I’ve been half way around this planet and back a few times. It’s BIG. Rather big. And yet, despite its massive size, it is immensely detailed. It’s not just like a giant bowling ball – all smooth and round. It is larger than we can even comprehend, and yet, at any point we can do down to the microscopic level and see detail. Every animal, plant and tree says something about God.
God defines the term ‘Creative’. Have you seen the diversity in our planet? Think about it – the nation of Israel wandered the desert for 40 years and ate nothing but manna and quail. God could have easily provided a single type of food that we could all subsist on perfectly. And yet – he provided many foods, many varieties. There is such a broad scope of shape, color, flavour and texture just in the food available to us, it is amazing! And as you travel to more places than where you grew up, you see that the products for one region have little in common with those of the next. God is amazingly creative! And this is just taking food as an example. What about differences between people? Animals? Plants? Snowflakes? Such amazing detail shows a God who is diverse, imaginative and creative.
God is a God of order. When you examine many of the things in this world, you will find defined order. Look at water – it runs downhill to the sea, evaporates into clouds, rains back on the land and starts again. Look at animal reproduction, it is an ordered system every time from embryo to birth. Look at plant reproduction, it is ordered and predictable. Look at yourself, your life is ordered by patterns of day and night, sleep and wakefulness, the need to eat and drink. Look at the seasons that not only provide variety, but are part of the whole order of reproduction and growth for animals and plants. We could go on for a long time with this one, but we can see that God is a God of order.
What can we take away from this?
Power. The God we are searching for, serve and worship is a God of power. If He can not only create, but also maintain such a massive yet detailed universe, He can surely deal with any small thing in our lives.
Creativity. God is not bound by boredom and grey walls. God defines ‘outside the box’. He provided us with a mind that we can think through things and provide solutions for ourselves, but be ready to be surprised, as God works in ways that are so much greater than ours, and provides solutions that we could not have even imagined, in our wildest dreams. When you pray to God, be ready for something amazing to happen. Next time you walk into the grocery store, thank God for such amazing variety and choice! Be amazed at the pure size and scope of all that God has created.
Order. Know that God loves order – He invented it after all. Don’t despise good habits because they may seem mundane or boring, but know that God blesses order. We are born and we all will die. We all need to work to support ourselves and our family. These are all things of order that God has ordained. God is amazingly creative, but He is also the creator of order. Don’t jump out of a moving bus to try and be different! What do I mean by this? God may well choose to work miraculously, but only as an exception. More often He will work through our day to day lives and circumstances when dealing with us, and still manage to amaze and astound us.
Lord God, thank you for being The Creator. Grant us an eye to notice your creation again, to see it with fresh eyes that can only be amazed and turn to you in wonder and thankfulness. Help us to see You in creation, and worship You as is right. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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