Day 2 -- The Creator and Creation
I was awestruck as I looked down having reaching the end of my climb on Mount John in New Zealand. The sight of Lake Tekapo below -- the teal blue water of the lake like a sheet of glass, the green of the grass and trees, peppered with the tiny houses and buildings of the town on one side was so picturesque and captivating! How does such beauty come about? How did it begin? Surely not by chance and coincidence, and certainly not by itself Have you looked up at the sky and wonder how the stars are suspended in their place? How the moon and planets orbit like clockwork? Everywhere around us we see the awesome wonder of creation. All this could have come together by chance. It points to the Maker of all things. Our God is the Creator God.
This Is My Father’s World (Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901)
This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.
This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.
This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and
empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering
over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the
light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:1-4)
“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule
over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,
and over all the creatures that move along the ground. ”So God created mankind in his
own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:26-27)
The Bible records that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. All the universe, the sun and the stars, the earth and planets, the mountains and seas, the hills and rivers, the trees and shrubs, all living creatures on land, in the air and in the sea – all this came to be by God’s creative word. This is His handiwork. The majesty, beauty and the vastness of all creation is a reflection of the Creator – His power, glory and majesty.
After God created the animals, He made man and woman but unlike all other living creatures He made them in His image -- in His own likeness. What awesome privilege and honour! Man and woman were made to resemble and image who God is! Often we like to look into the mirror and wish that God made us differently – taller or shorter, thinner or fatter. How refreshing to hear the Bible say that God has made us all in His own image. Psalm 139 says that each one of us is “fearfully and wonderfully made” – precious in our Maker’s sight.
- How do we think about our Creator? What do we think He is like?
- How should we respond to our Creator? How are we living in relationship to Him?
- How do you feel about how God has made you? Take turns to encourage each other and give thanks for the way God has made each of you special and precious.
Father God, Maker of heaven and earth, Creator of all things, thank You for the wonderful and marvelous creation You have placed around me. In all of it l can see Your beauty, power and majesty. What an honour and privilege to be made to be like You! I praise You for Your love and favour toward me. Today, may my every thought and action be a humble act of love to You and may my life honour You and glorify Your name. In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen
- Grateful hearts that fear God and honor Him as Creator in everything you do today
- The protection and preservation of the beautiful world God has made
- The ministry to Gracehaven led by Sandy Tung, that this will be a good opportunity for GBC to make a difference in the lives of others.