Creator: A Holy & All-Powerful Father
I don’t know about you, but I believe with all my heart that there is a personal God who created me and this glorious world–from its amazing starry galaxies and swirling planets down to its majestic mountains and tiniest bugs.
To me, it is honestly more foolish to not believe than to believe there is a God or Master Designer/Creator and Sustainer of life because to deny would be like looking at a masterpiece painting or piece of music and saying they just came into being on their own.
And if we were creators of anything and knew people considered our work or art in such a way, we’d be irate, call them crazy, and deny them all access to it most likely. God, however, who is continually denied any authorship and appreciation of His world, continually sustains His creation though. This just goes to show how wonderful, patient, forgiving, and so much better He is than us and gives us all the more reason to trust Him!
The last time I wrote, I talked about the root of our spiritual depravity being that we deny God as our Creator and thereby as our heavenly Father. Our blindness and hard-heartedness seem so odd considering the incredible order, detail, beauty, and such of the world surrounding us, doesn’t it?!
And why such little faith in a fact that is declared all throughout Scripture? I believe it is due in large part to our lack of reading and hearing for ourselves the Word of God because “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). God even states: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos, 4:6).
Now for a long time, my favorite passages in Scripture have been those that exclaim God as our Creator. They have not only increased my faith and confidence in God as our Maker and Father, but they have also given me great joy knowing we are not just evolved creatures of nature but purpose-filled image bearers of Abba God Almighty, put on earth to glorify Him in everything. What a high and honorable calling!
So will you take a few moments and reflect upon and delight with me in these powerful words of God that resound with the truth of who God is and who we are as His creatures? After all, your faith may just grow in the process!
- “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1)
- “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Gen. 1:27)
- “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (Job 33:4)
- “The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon. It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.” (Psa. 74:16-17)
- “The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it. You created the north and the south.” (Psa. 89:11-12)
- “For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.” (Psa. 95:3-5)
- “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psa. 139:13-16)
- “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jer. 32:17)
- “He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth–the LORD Almighty is his name.” (Amos 4:13)
- “He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him 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.” (Col. 1:15-17)
- “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Rev. 4:11)
Such knowledge is so wonderful, is it not? Knowing we have a Creator, and thereby a heavenly Father who so intimately knows us and cares for us, should not only comfort us but give us significant purpose and great joy. After all, we are made intentionally by the very mind, will, and hands of Almighty God. If people would only accept God for who He really is, there would be so much less conflict, emptiness, and sorrow in the world I think.
Sustainer: A Gracious & Ever-Faithful God
The wonderful thing about our Creator God too is that He doesn’t just make us and leave us alone as the deists would claim (what a great excuse to live independent, self-centered lives though!).
No, every day God goes on sustaining us and the rest of His creatures and the earth with life because of His great love and unending care for us. While as humbling as that is, aren’t you glad that we don’t have to worry about maintaining our complex, beyond-comprehension, masterpiece bodies and world?!
- “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lam. 3:22-23)
- “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” (Psa. 95:3-7)
- “How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number–living things both large and small. . . . These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust. When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.” (Psa. 104:24-25, 27-30)
- “Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world? If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirt and breath, all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.” (Job 34:13-15)
- “The God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways.” (Dan. 5:23)
- “‘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 the glory forever! Amen.” (Rom. 11:35-36)
And the great thing about our daily Sustainer, and thereby our gracious God, is that He is faithful and never will change because “before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God” (Psa. 90:2).
And “in the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. . . . But you remain the same, and your years will never end” (Psa. 102:25-27).
Praise the Lord we have a Maker and Sustainer who clearly is the “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end” (Rev. 22:13)!
Ruler: A Rightful & True Lord
Now in light of the fact that God is our everlasting Creator and faithful Sustainer, does He not have the right to be our true and only Ruler or King as well? After all, He is the One who is the very essence of life and knows how it should operate.
If you think otherwise, then you should start considering His claim on your life as it is very sobering. At the same time, remember that “God is love” (1 Jn. 4:8), so we have nothing to fear because He always pursues what is best for us, believe it or not,
- “Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our Father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.” (1 Chron. 29:10-12)
- “But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. . . . But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.” (Jer. 10:11-13)
- “Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD–that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.” (Psa. 83:18)
- “For I am God, and not man–the Holy One among you.” (Hos. 11:9)
- “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. . . . he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:24-25, 27-28)
Did you get those titles of God–head over all, ruler of all things, the Lord of heaven and earth, the Most High over all the earth, the eternal King–and see how most are linked to God being our Creator? But since we humans–the fleshly, sight-driven, materialistic creatures that we are–don’t see Him physically in form or action, we struggle to accept and understand.
So as the Bible says, “men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals–these are the very things that destroy them” (Jude 10). For “they are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts” (Eph. 2:18).
It is so sad but true how often we let our very limited, darkened, and spiritually-ignorant understanding steal our faith or trust in God for who He is and for what He says He can do in our lives. What’s even sadder is that our lack of faith will (not may) ultimately destroy us because “cursed is the one who trusts in man . . . and whose heart turns away from the LORD” (Jer. 17:5).
But “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes” (Prov. 3:5-7). All of this just goes to show that we really are NOT as smart as we think we are after all!!
O God of heaven and earth, I just thank and praise You that You have given us Your Word that resounds with truth and righteousness. Like no other book, it truly delights me–reading of Your holy, unique character and Your awesome, all-powerful deeds on men’s behalf in creation and through faith in Your Son Jesus.
I pray, O God, that You will graciously open the hearts of people everywhere to accept You with faith, joy, and surrender as their Creator Father, Sustainer God, and Ruler Lord so that they will not be destroyed by trusting more in themselves than in You or Your Word.
Help them to see too how much You care for and love them through Your constant, faithful creation of life in them and in this world . . . that You don’t make mistakes and that You have a good and glorious purpose for them to fulfill as long as Your give them breath.
I ask all of these things in Jesus’ name alone, amen!