Wednesday, June 26, 2019

“You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all the starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.” (Job 12:9)

“In the beginning, God...,” a self-created, self-existing, spiritual Being, with no beginning and no end comes on the scene. Throughout Scripture this God, Creator, is portrayed as being infinite in nature - the One who created all things by His word. He spoke creation into being.

To create, God did not have to be a part of what was being created. Besides, all that is within the earth was created out of nothing. He had this to say about His creation, “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31)

The Gospel of John starts thus; “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that was made.” (John 1:1-2) The ‘Word’ here is none other than Jesus, the Word of God. Everything that was created was made by Him.

The apostle Paul confirms the fact when he wrote; “For by Him (Jesus) all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

Nowadays, not much credit is given to the Creator for His handiwork. Most of us take little notice of the interrelationship between God’s creation – intact and consistent in every way. “Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done it?”  (Job 12:9) Job wonders.

Very often, the account of the creation is considered mere fiction. But the Word of God is true. The wanton destruction of nature in the last two centuries largely attest, with the onset of global warming, to the negative impact humanity activity has had on God’s creation - Mother Nature. 

Like the prophet Isaiah, I am tempted to ask, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His

understanding no one can fathom.” (Isaiah 40:28)

“Oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counsellor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:33-36)

God is the All-Powerful. His ways are not our ways neither are His thoughts our thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8) He governs the universe that He Himself had made, in perfect wisdom, without having to consult or rely on expert advice from any quarters. He remains the power that sustains and rules the world that we live in. Because He is the source of all things, including ourselves, He deserves our praise.

The wisdom of God’s plan is bewildering. God works out all things to bring glory to Himself. “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, or with the breath of His hand marked off heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? Who has understood the mind of the Lord and, or instructed Him as a counsellor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten Him, and who taught Him the right way? Who was it that taught Him knowledge or showed Him the path of understanding? (Isaiah 40:12-14)

The apostle Paul performed a miracle in Lystra when ‘a cripple, who was lame from birth,’ stood to his feet at his command. The cripple had been listening to the apostle preach and when he called out to him, ‘Stand upon your feet!’ the man jumped up and began to walk.”(Acts 14: 10) Amazed by this deed, the crowd attributed the apostle’s power to that of God and were about to worship him and Barnabas, his partner.

In bewilderment, the apostle exclaimed: “Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things (idols) to the Living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them.” (Acts 14:15)

Since the twentieth century that man has succeeded in putting a metal bird in the air to fly, an iron-clad dolphin under the sea to swim, and has explored the moon, he has sought to discount the existence of God. Yet, we must remember that God is still God! “He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; He suspends the earth over nothing.” (Job 26:7)

It will be foolhardy to think that planet earth came into existence by accident; that the pieces just came together all by themselves. Oh no! The psalmist rightly proclaimed God’s awesomeness thusly:  “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)

The human being wants to make himself equal to God. Rather than thank God for the knowledge He has imparted to humanity to contribute to making the environment a better world. Sadly, humankind has attributed her exploits to her own wisdom, forgetting the God element in the equation.

We cannot do without God, the Creator. It will be vainglorious to think and behave in such a manner. The bottom line is that whatever humans have created was made with the substance God has made available. Nehemiah recognised this quality in God, Jehovah and proclaimed: “Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.” (Nehemiah 9:6)

Let us begin to appreciate the handiwork of God made manifest in the world and by the wonderful and intricate being that we are –created in His likeness and image!