How Creation Reveals the Creator Day 4 – God’s True Trustworthiness
Thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the LORD, and there is no other. I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I the LORD speak the truth; I declare what is right.” (Isaiah 45:18-19, ESV)
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. … And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:3,6, ESV)
We cannot discuss the revelation of God in creation without answering the question that is on the minds of many skeptics when they think about the creation account: Is God trustworthy? Can we really believe what the Bible says about how it all began? Do we really accept that the world was fully created in six days, out of nothing, mere thousands of years ago, when so many scientists have claimed to prove our universe is millions or billions of years old and life forms have only evolved to become what they currently are?
It is no secret that creationists (never mind young-earth creationists, such as myself) are often derided as fools unwilling to accept “plain scientific facts.” We are essentially told to leave the study of our origins to the experts and stop basing our understanding of the cosmos on the Bible they view as an unreliable spiritual storybook.
The reality, however, is that those “plain scientific facts” about the origin of the universe (such as evolution or the Big Bang) are neither plain, nor scientific, nor facts. They are not obvious to a casual observer, not based on unbiased experimentation and data collection, and not actually proven to be true beyond doubt. All we have available to us are theories based on numerous presuppositions, because the forming of our universe is a historical event for which we have no eyewitness accounts.
Furthermore, Christians’ supposedly “unreliable spiritual storybook” has actually been proven correct over and over again by scientific, archaeological, and historical evidence that supports its teachings. Specific places, quantities, populations, times, names, and genealogies are recorded with incredible detail and accuracy. To write off the Bible as full of only myths and legends is to deny vast amounts of empirical evidence that even Biblical scholars who are not Christians routinely uphold.
I say all this to remind our hearts that if we look for them, answers are there. God is trustworthy. His Word is reliable. He keeps His promises. But, let us remember that when we trust the Lord in faith, while we certainly do not trust Him blindly, we do trust Him with minds unable to fully comprehend every single thing about Him. An infinite God is worthy of our trust and love and service because He is faithful and true, not because He is entirely comprehensible to us. Let’s take a look at the following Scriptures and meditate on them in our own hearts. How might it affect our daily lives when we consider how our Creator willingly reveals Himself to His creation in truth?
The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever. (Psalm 119:160)
Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise which he spoke by Moses his servant. (1 Kings 8:56)
This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. (2 Samuel 22:31)
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. … For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:14,17)
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. (Proverbs 30:5)
When God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. (Hebrews 6:17-18)
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? (Numbers 23:19)
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. (Psalm 111:7-8)
When it seems like we cannot trust a soul to tell us the real truth, we can trust our Creator. Have we ever found Him to lie to us or disregard His promises? Does He abandon us when we call out to Him? No. He is always the same just, righteous, holy, loving, merciful, powerful, faithful God He claims to be. May we run to Him first, lean on Him first, and believe His truth first—even when it costs. It is far better to be wrong when agreeing with God than to be right while agreeing with a world who rejects Him.
“O God of Truth, Whose Living Word”
– By Thomas Hughes
O God of truth, whose living word
Upholds whate’er hath breath,
Look down on Thy creation, Lord,
Enslaved by sin and death.
Set up thy standard, Lord, that we
Who claim a heav’nly birth,
May march with Thee to smite the lies
That vex Thy groaning earth.
We fight for truth? We fight for God?
Poor slaves of lies and sin!
They who would fight for Thee on earth
Must first be pure within.
Then, God of truth, for whom we long,
Thou who wilt hear our prayer,
Do Thine own battle in our hearts,
And slay the falsehood there.
Yea, come: then tried as in the fire,
From ev’ry lie set free,
Thy perfect truth shall dwell in us,
And we shall live in Thee.