How Creation Reveals the Creator Day 1 – God’s Eternal Nature
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2, ESV)
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm 90:2, ESV)
The four words that begin our Bible are also the four words that most profoundly shape the believer’s understanding of life itself: “In the beginning, God.” Before anything was, He was. Before the story started, the Author took out His pen. Before the sun’s light could first break, He had to speak the sun itself into existence. The story of creation found in Genesis 1 and 2 is breathtaking in its sheer scope. In very few words and over a span of six days, God transformed dark nothingness into a universe of profound beauty and incredible complexity.
We cannot understand how, we do not understand why, and we may never know precisely when or where it all started, but we do know Who. God. Yahweh. The great I AM. We know our eternal God pre-exists everything and everyone. And though we simply cannot wrap our minds around the concepts of eternity and creation out of nothing, trusting fully in the God of the Bible requires that we learn to rest our hearts in truths which are too mysterious for us to grasp.
As we walk into this new year full of uncertainties and as we make plans in pencil that are sure to be erased and exchanged in a thousand ways, we need to keep the everlasting God at the forefront of our minds. Our world and our lives are constantly shifting, adapting to environmental changes and unforeseen difficulties, but our Creator lives above those things. He created this universe, and thus He operates outside of its constraints. Just as we are reminded over and over again in the Bible that God exists eternally, we are also reminded over and over that He does not change (James 1:17; Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 13:8; Malachi 3:6). He sees the end from the beginning and knows all the things we do not. No choice He makes is flippant or casual, and every single one is for the ultimate good of His people. Isn’t this a comforting thought?
If God has been God forever, what evidence is there that He will cease to be God now? The eternal nature of God sure makes us scratch our heads, but it should also drop us to our knees in worship. He made us for a purpose, we failed, and then, in boundless mercy, the eternally existent God who in no way needs us chose to redeem us so we can be in communion with Him forever.
The eternal nature of God also reveals to us something that is vitally important to our knowledge of the physical world. If God has been God forever, who are we to suggest that there is not enough evidence to believe that He made us? Our existence itself is the evidence!
There is no more compelling answer to the question of how and why there is life on earth than intelligent design. Go ahead and look. Unless there is a pre-existing spiritual reason (like pride, for example) to deny the existence of a Creator God, there is zero scientific material that clearly supports this denial. From the extraordinary detail in every atom that makes up our universe to the extraordinary detail in every cell that makes up living organisms, our world sings the song of creation with unmistakable clarity and force.
If we are here, it is easy to tell that Someone put us here. This Someone had to exist before us and must know how to create and sustain our entire universe. To then make the leap to believe that He has existed forever is not logically difficult, particularly when the pages of Scripture so clearly describe His eternal nature. Take a look at even the few passages included below and you will find that God’s eternal existence was not a question in the minds of His people in history; it was a simple fact, as it should be for us.
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. (Romans 1:20)
There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty. The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (Deuteronomy 33:26-27a)
Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.” (Isaiah 46:8-10)
We only encounter problems when we assume that every single thing Scripture expects us to believe, it simultaneously expects us to fully comprehend. This is an impossible standard. We trust in a God whom we can know deeply and love deeply, but we do not trust in a God we can completely understand. Were He to be small enough for us to grasp, He would not be big enough for us to worship.
“Eternal, Unchanging, We Sing to Thy Praise”
– By R.B.Y. Scott
Eternal, Unchanging, we sing to thy praise,
Thy mercies are endless and righteous thy ways,
Thy servants proclaim the renown of thy name,
Who rulest almighty, forever the same.
Again we rejoice in the world thou hast made,
Thy mighty creation in beauty arrayed,
We thank thee for life and we praise thee for joy,
For love and for hope that no pow’r can destroy.