God the Creator
by Gini Crawford, MSW
The One True God is the Creator (Genesis 1:1). In Romans 1 we are told, we can see God's characteristics throughout His creation. Nowadays, many people worship nature. Yet in reality if you love nature, you are loving God's handiwork, His creation, whether you think so or not. One of my favorite things to do is to enjoy God as I walk in the wonder of His creation. How about you?
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made... Romans 1:20a NASB®
As you travel the road of life, if you are willing to look, you will see God: When I watch my grandchildren, I play with God's amazing handiwork. The Japanese puffer fish surprisingly draws complicated designs in the sand with its fins, giving us a glimpse into God's intricate universe. When you look up into the sky at night, you see God's infinite power, knowledge and wisdom in each star. The breathtaking sunset shows God's goodness and faithfulness. People feel God's unconditional love and kindness in their children and pets.
In Genesis 1, God spoke and our world was formed - light overcame darkness; dry land and seas appeared; vegetation and trees flourished; birds, bugs and animals small and large inhabited the earth, and so on (Hebrews 11:3). We also learn humans were created in God's image, creation was created very good, and God made us rulers over His creation (Psalm 8:3-8). Genesis 1 is summarized below:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night...one day.
Then 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...God called the expanse heaven...a second day.
Then God said, "Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so. God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them"; and it was so...and God saw that it was good...a third day.
Then 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 it was so...God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good...a fourth day.
Then God said, "Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens." God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good...a fifth day.
Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind"; and it was so...and God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply..." God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good...the sixth day. NASB®
God has power and wisdom that are so beyond our human understanding. As you saw in Genesis 1, God spoke and what He wanted to create literally appeared. Yet, God the Creator is so personal, He created you and me to personally love and care for. Pretty amazing reality, isn't it? (Nehemiah 9:17-21; Psalm 33:4-6; Lamentations 3:21-24).
The more I understand how vast and infinite the One True God is, the more I am surprised over His great desire to be so intimate with me. He knows and loves me so deeply that even when I get in a panic over something as minor as a bad hair day, He knows about it and cares. (Matthew 10:29-31; Luke 12:6-7; 1 John 3:1a). Why would anyone not want to get to know this God?
The beginning of our world
In Genesis 1, God created everything that humans would need to live happily forever. He created all things thinking of what we needed and even wanted. Did you notice how God describes creation as good, then after people are created it is very good?
How does knowing God is your Creator influence your life?
Genesis 2 explains in detail day six of creation, and gives the first command that had a consequence. Quickly read Genesis 2:1-10, 15-25.
Write any insights you have from Genesis 2.
What was God's only command to Adam and Eve that they had to obey, or there would be an awful consequence? What was the consequence if not obeyed?
Genesis 3 describes how sin came into the world. In Genesis 3:8-9, the LORD God was walking in the garden looking for Adam and Eve to talk with them. These verses give us a beautiful glimpse into the intimacy God wants to have with us. Then after Adam and Eve had sinned, Jesus Christ was still in the garden with them, but things were changing. God created them (and all of us) to possess only life, good, pleasure, abundance, peace and harmony; but their sin brought death, evil, insecurity, pain, scarcity, toil, conflict and alienation into the world as well. Jesus' patience and mercy, lovingly encouraged them to acknowledge their sin, but instead they were blaming each other, even Him, for their sin. In Genesis 3:15, Jesus gives the first hope of salvation, by describing a spiritual battle that He would triumph over, to save His people. Paradise was lost but because of Jesus Christ it would be gained again. Quickly read Genesis 3:1-15.
Why do you think Adam and Eve decided to disobey God?
How did Jesus Christ care for Adam and Eve after they had sinned against Him?
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