How Creation Reveals the Creator Day 2 – God’s Incredible Power
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. … And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” … And it was so. … And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. … And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. … And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. … And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:3-24, ESV, emphasis mine)
Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. (Isaiah 40:26-28, ESV)
If you have ever stood on the seashore, feeling the waves crash over your sandy toes, and looked toward the horizon, you have felt it. If you have ever stood at the base of a rushing waterfall, or caught your breath on a mountain’s peak, or held your brand new baby, you have felt it. You have felt the realization that we have played essentially no part in this work of beauty and brilliance. You have felt the incredible weight of our own insignificance, the sheer wonder at His power.
Throughout the Bible, the patriarchs, the prophets, and the people of God tell of His power in a thousand different stories. We read of the plagues of Egypt, of the parting of the Red Sea, of miraculous healings, of bodies called out alive from the grave, and of impossible military victories. But there is no story more awe-inspiring than the story of creation. Who but an almighty God could have the power to split the land from the seas or to form the intricate systems in the bodies of every living thing? Who but God could place all the planets in their orbits in precisely the right positions or design the enormously complex ecosystems that help to sustain life on Earth? It turns out that the “Higher Power” that a vast majority of our fellow humans believe to be there has a name: I AM. Yahweh. And His power is infinitely higher than any one of us could ever attain.
It is no wonder that Scripture so often points to creation as the crowning evidence for God’s might. As you read the following passage from Jeremiah, pay close attention to the prophet’s emphasis on creation:
There is none like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is great in might. Who would not fear you, O King of the nations? For this is your due; for among all the wise ones of the nations and in all their kingdoms there is none like you. … But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King. At his wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure his indignation. Thus shall you say to them: “The gods who did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.” It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens. When he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses. Every man is stupid and without knowledge; every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols, for his images are false, and there is no breath in them. … Not like these is he who is the portion of Jacob, for he is the one who formed all things, and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance; the Lord of hosts is his name. (Jeremiah 10:6-7,10-14,16)
Do you see how the prophet appeals to the eternal God’s powerful acts of creation as evidence of security for His people? In a nutshell, we could pray through Jeremiah’s thoughts here by saying, “God, there is no king like You. You made us, and none of these false gods could have made us—we make them! You are true, You are alive, and You have always been. When You speak, the whole earth responds. You are the God who provides everything we need, and You have chosen us as Your people.” What a gift!
Every glimpse we get of our powerful God is an opportunity for us to worship Him. My prayer for us this week and for the rest of the year is that we would not make the mistake Paul warns of in Romans 1:25 and “worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.” The chances we get to explore and enjoy God’s created things are wonderful, but they are not meant to be an end in themselves. They are meant to bring us to marvel at His power, and to worship and glorify Him.
“Give Thanks to God the Sovereign Lord”
– By Isaac Watts
Give thanks to God the sovereign Lord;
His mercies still endure;
And be the King of kings adored;
His truth is ever sure.
What wonders hath his wisdom done!
How mighty is his hand!
Heav’n, earth, and sea, he framed alone;
How wide is his command.
The sun supplies the day with light;
How bright his counsels shine!
The moon and stars adorn the night;
His works are all divine.
Give thanks to God the heav’nly King;
His mercies still endure:
Let the whole earth his praises sing;
His truth is ever sure.