Creation

Creation

He is everlasting; a divine being with infinite power. He is light and love; He is merciful, gracious, loving and kind. What would this supreme God do with His power, for His pleasure?

In the beginning

The Bible teaches that there was a beginning. This was the beginning of the earth as we know it, with which we are so familiar and which we take for granted. It was the beginning of the existence of all things in the earth; seas, plants, creatures, the elements, weather, people, culture, languages, emotions and feelings. Everything and everyone has their life and existence from and by God.

Paul the apostle, whilst visiting Athens on one of his journeys, taught the people there of the one true God, describing Him as one who:

“…giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” Acts 17:25-28

Here Paul describes us as the offspring of God; that is, formed by His power and purpose. For that reason, God is not far from each of us; from every person on the planet. The mark of the Creator is in our very existence and presence. As Paul later wrote to the Romans, God’s power is clearly evident in the created world:

“…God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:19-20

The Creation

The Bible reveals little about what happened “in the beginning.” God has not given us a scientific explanation of the creation. Neither is there a full description of the complete creative methodology. However, evidence for creation far outweighs the theories of man; leading us to a conclusion that is unmistakeable and unequivocal: God created!

“I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded…For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.” Isaiah 45:12, 18
“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” Psalm 33:6-9
“The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.” Proverbs 3:19

All things in the world are an expression of the wisdom and understanding of God. He spoke, or declared His purpose, and it was done. God’s word created all things that we see around us so that,

“the earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.” Psalm 24:1

The love of God

As if God’s glorious and gracious character was not sufficiently evident, permeating through the whole creation, His love is truly seen in sustaining life and providing for all creatures and people on the earth. He sustains and cares for His creation. He is not absent from the affairs on the earth, neither is He ambivalent about what goes on. He cares and tends, revealing His constant and unfailing love and mercy to all that would see; to all that would just stop and pay attention to the incredible world around them. That they may exclaim with the Psalmist,

“O LORD, how manifold are thy words! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches…These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season. That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.” Psalm 104:24, 27-28

The Lord Jesus himself learnt from his Father. He was well aware of the might of the Creator and the loving provision that God gives to all. When teaching his disciples, he commented that God

“maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:45

Perhaps if we were to pause to consider the bountiful blessings that we have been given by God - our life, health, enjoyment, time, feelings, scenery, family, friends and everything else - we would be humbled to reflect the same compassion to all people with whom we interact. It is a lesson to be generous and kind indiscriminately, following God’s own creative lead.

But by no means is God’s love limited to temporary, physical blessings. If His natural creation causes us to revere His holy name, then how much more should His eternal, spiritual blessings?