God, Our Creator

~By Meg Saunders. To subscribe to her weekly devotional newsletter, “First Things,” from which this is taken, see the bottom of this post.

Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’ . . . So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  Then God blessed them . . . Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good” (Genesis 1.26-28,31).
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God thank You that You are our Creator!
“You have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in You” (Augustine of Hippo, from Confessions).

Who am I? Why am I here? These two questions are often on the tip of our tongues. I our inmost being we wonder if we matter and if our lives are purposeful or if we’re just taking up space on the crowded planet. In order to adequately answer these questions we need a larger vision, we need to look outside ourselves. The Lord God, the personal, uncaused Creator, who is also our Redeemer, is the One who can tell us. He’s given us His word, the bible, and from it we can find the answers. This is good news! After all, from God’s perspective, he created each one of us with a plan in mind – He is the one who knows the answers.

As Creator He formed the earth.  He created everything around us.  Consider the intricacies of the human body, or stop for a moment while contemplating a breath-taking sunset, or imagine the grandeur of a mountain range or the uniqueness of the varieties of fish that swim in the sea.  Psalm 19.1 proclaims, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.” Everything on earth is made by Him, and is made for Him.  It’s clear in looking around us at the diversity and complexity of the world that the Lord God is creative and keen on beauty.

He’s also a Creator who is relational and expresses Himself in love.  Look at the language used in the verses above from Genesis 1: ‘good’, ‘Our image’, ‘likeness’, and ‘blessed’.  Human beings are not made by accident or as some illogical joke.  There is a deliberate forming of our lives.  Consider, too, the message of Psalm 139.13-16. It declares, “You knit me together in my mother’s womb . . . I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  There is little doubt humans are made with distinct intention, one defined by love.

Likewise, to speak of the relational nature of God is not to invoke a sappy song or flowery poetry.  It’s to confirm His specificity — the way He creates us and His reasons for our lives.  Genesis 2.18-25 lays out the details of our creation as men and women.  From it we learn how intimate God is.  He talks with Adam and provides what’s best for both man and woman — each other for each other.  He also gives them a cultural mandate.  Look at Gen 1.28, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it . . .” And in v. 29 He tells them that He’s giving them the plants, trees and animals for food.  The intimacy of God’s relationality extends out from a relationship with Him, to one other as human beings, to the earth and the work we do in it.  Psalm 8.5-8, expounds on this last point suggesting that when men and women are working we have an opportunity to present the image of the God to the world because He has bestowed on us His glory and honor.

This week think about meditating on one point of the creation story.  Personalize it for yourself.  Ask God to speak to you about your creation.  Have you ever wondered what was said at your creation, when you were formed by Him in your mother’s womb?  He loves you tremendously . . .

And is waiting for you . . . .

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Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith, Francis S. Collins, Meg Saunders
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