ReadScripture: God, the Creator

Creation speaks of God’s Power

In Genesis 1:1 we are immediately introduced to God, the creator.  God could have introduced himself to us in so many different ways, so why does he choose to reveal himself as creator?  A moment’s reflection hints at the power, creativity, and beauty of God.  Just think, with the breath of his mouth he creates unspeakable beauty.  He doesn’t even have to lift a finger, he just speaks and the vast expanse of trillions of stars, galaxies, and light years span right up to the borders of infinity.  Mountain peaks, unsearchable ocean depths, ineffable sunrises, sunsets, and painted skies.  What power!  “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host” (Psalm 33:6).  Speaking of God’s power over creation, Job says that they are still just the outer fringes of his ways, “how small a whisper do we hear of him!  But the thunder of his power who can understand?” (Job 26:14)  And Isaiah 40 tells us that he measures the entire universe with the span of his hand while he holds all the world’s water in the hollow of his other hand.  God intends for us to look at creation and see the power of the creator!

Creation reveals God’s Creativity

Creation as a window into the creativity of God may seem obvious, but for some reason we can so easily miss it and even faintly imagine that God is boring.  His creation tells a different story, though.  Who doesn’t like great music, beautiful art, remarkable architecture, etc. Creativity is appreciated when people make things.  But when we look at creation do we think of God’s creativity?  It’s remarkable that we can declare something in nature to be astounding or beautiful and yet not praise the creativity of the Lord.  

People get bored so easily, but outdoor enthusiasts, explorers, world travelers, scientists, photographers (think National Geographic) find inexhaustible beauty in creation.  Poets have yet to scratch the surface in their exaltation of the wonders of nature.  If it’s all so beautiful then what does it tell us about the one who created it?  The Creator must far more beautiful than what we could have ever imagined!  Thomas Dubay says, “Divine beauty is so endless, so unspeakable, that Scripture has a special word for it, glory — an effort to express the inexpressible” (The Evidential Power of Beauty 75), and “the glory of the Lord, therefore, is the super-eminently luminous beauty of divinity beyond all experience and all descriptions, all categories, a beauty before which all earthly splendors, marvelous as they are, pale into insignificance” (45).

Creation declares God’s Beauty.  

Psalm 19 says that the heavens are declaring the glory of God… their line goes out through all the earth.  The “line” can mean a string on an instrument so that we can imagine God making music through creation.  It’s as though he’s wooing our hearts and awakening a yearning in our souls for something more than this world has to offer.  Every day he paints the sky as a personal message declaring to us how beautiful he is and how worthy he is to be sought out and trusted.  If we have eyes to see even creation can lead us to see the beauty of the invisible God.  “The acute experience of great beauty readily evokes a nameless yearning for something more than earth can offer.  Elegant splendor reawakens our spirit’s aching need for the infinite, a hunger for more than matter can provide” (Dubay 56).

Creation Stands as a Witness on God’s Behalf

Not only does God actively invite us to believe him through creation, but God also holds us accountable for unbelief precisely because of the witness through creation.  “For what can be known about God is plain to them.  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 that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20)

Creation reveals the Joy of God

Job 38:7 says that when God created the angels were shouting and singing for joy.  I can’t imagine that the angels were rejoicing while God was stoically indifferent.  Rather, they were reflecting the joy of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as they created the heavens and the earth.  In Proverbs 8:30-31, Jesus says that he the Father was delighting in him as he rejoiced in his Father while they were creating, and together they rejoiced in their creation; they even delighted in the children of men!  We may think of God’s character like his justice, mercy, faithfulness, and on the list goes.  But one of the most overlooked yet central characteristics of God is JOY!  He is an infinitely happy God.

Here’s an outline from one of my sermons on God’s joy if you’d like an extra resource.  This is a link to the audio version part 1 and part 2.

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