Creation - We Serve An Awesome God
One of the Great Mysteries of Life
Creation is one of the great mysteries of life. The Message explains creation clearly in Genesis 1:1-2, "First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss."
By faith we know God created the Heavens and the Earth because the Bible, in Hebrews 11:1–2 says, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible."
We look around and see the beauty in which we live; the trees reaching to the heavens hugging the blue sky, the lakes and the mountaintops – part of God’s creation. Walking through the towering redwood groves His presence surrounds me. Standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon I am in awe of that vast expanse.
The little squirrel eats corn off the stump of an old tree and ignores the angry caw of the crows as they try to scare him away. He does not move. The Stellar Jay hops around the stump waiting his turn and occasionally a deer will stop to feed; all of God’s creatures.
Watching the miracle of birth as my youngest grandson was ushered into this world, I wondered: Without God, how can such a precious infant be born?
God created the minds of the greatest scientists and allowed man to walk on the moon. God guides the hand of the surgeon as he performs a life-saving operation. When driving on the busy California freeways, He is my co-pilot.
We do not understand why God allows bad things to happen; earthquakes, tornados, floods, famines, wars, murders and riots existing around the globe. The list goes on an on. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:12, "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." (NIV) This same verse is paraphrased in The Message, "We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly just as he knows us."
Charles A. Tindley, born in 1851 to a slave and a freewoman, said in the chorus of his old gospel hymn written in 1905, "We’ll Understand it Better By and By,"
By and by when the morning comes,
When the saints of God are gathered home,
We’ll tell the story how we’ve overcome,
For we’ll understand it better by and by.
One thing I do understand: God cares for all of us and allows things to happen for a reason. "Cast all your anxiety on him; because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7, NIV)
We cannot expect our lives to be trouble-free because we are Christians, but we have the assurance He is with us always. He tells us in Hebrews 13:5: "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."All in all, God uses the bad things that happen to bring us closer to Him. We only grow stronger when we allow His spirit to bring us through the trials and turmoil of life.