Day 3 - My Father's Wonderful World
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?” (Job 38:4-11)
God made the amazing world we live in! He created the earth and filled it with a rich variety of plants and animals for us to enjoy. He fashioned the breath-taking vastness of the seas and sky that leave us feeling small. Let us join with all creation in beholding the greatness of our Creator!
Job 38 is an interesting lesser-known account of how the world was created. In it, we can overhear how He talks to Job about how He made the world. He talks about Himself as a Divine Architect, carefully planning dimensions of the earth according a master blueprint. He refers to Himself as a Divine Engineer who designs the seas, clouds, (and the rest of the ecosystem) and their boundaries. God’s questions are designed to be humbling, both for Job and for us.
Pause for a moment to remember the last time that you were left awestruck by nature. Where were you and what did you see? What was it like to stand in wonder and be left speechless?
But while we should be amazed by creation, the Creator God who made it is even more stunning. The Psalmist exclaims humbly, “when I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Ps 8:4-5).
How has the great God of the universe shown His amazing tender care for you? Give thanks to God.
- How can it be that the great God of the universe treasures each one of us and desires a relationship with us? How should we respond to Him?
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the works Your hands have made. I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Your power throughout the universe displayed. Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to You: How great You are 1! God, You are the loving Father of all creation. Grant me eyes to see Your work and ways, and teach me to declare Your greatness in worship and witness. In Christ’s most glorious name I pray, Amen.
- Other Christians to be constantly amazed at our awesome God and how He reveals Himself through creation and His Word.
- Non-believers to consider the wonders of creation and ask spiritual questions.
- The ENJOY ministry of the church to seniors, that they will have great creativity, faithfulness and wisdom in planning their activities
1 Prayer adapted from ‘How Great Thou Art’ by Carl Gustav Boberg.