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God the Creator

Day Five
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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The One True God is the Creator. (Genesis 1:1) We can see God's characteristics through His creation. God's Word says in Romans 1:20a,

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... 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 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 incomprehensible nature in each star. The breathtaking sunset is God's goodness. People feel God's unconditional love in their children and pets.

Nowadays, many people worship nature. Yet in reality if you love nature, you are loving God's handiwork, 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?

In Genesis 1 we discover that the One True God is the Creator: He spoke and the invisible became visible. (Hebrews 11:3) We learn humans were created in God's image, creation was created very good, and that 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...Then God said, Let there be light; and there was light...Then God said, Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters...God called the expanse heaven... a second day. Then God said,...let the dry land appear; and it was so...Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees...God saw that it was good...a third day. Then God said...God made the two great lights,...He made the stars 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...and God saw that it was good. God blessed them...a fifth day. Then God said, Let the earth bring forth living creatures...cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth... and it was so...God saw that it was good. Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image...and let them rule over...God created man in His own image...male and female He created them. God blessed them... it was very good...the sixth day. NASB®

Think about this: God has the power and wisdom to literally say what He wanted to create, and it appeared. But at the same time He is very personal - He knows you individually, loves you unconditionally, and relentlessly cares for you. (Nehemiah 9:17-21; Psalm 139:1-16; Lamentations 3:21-24) Does this make you feel special? The more I understand how vast and infinite the One True God is, the more I am amazed 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; Ephesians 3:19-20)

Why would anyone not want to get to know this God?


Life Application:

Quickly read Genesis 1. God created everything that Adam and Eve, as well as all of humankind, would need to live happily forever. His creation is His work of goodness. As you read Genesis 1, notice how God describes creation as good then after humankind is created it is very good.

How does knowing God is your Creator influence your life?

Quickly read Genesis 2. Genesis 2 explains in detail day six of creation, and gives the first command that had a consequence.

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?

Quickly read Genesis 3. 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.

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 confess their sin, but 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.

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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