Preeti has done her Masters in Religious Education and Masters in Arts from ABTS. She loves Jesus because Jesus loved her first.
The Creator God and His good Creation
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth ( Gen 1:1)
Before anything came into existence, God was there and He is the initiator of everything. Let us look into the first book of the Bible ‘Genesis‘ chapter 1 that records the story of God creating everything out of nothing.
Day 1: When God began His Creation work, it was all formless, void and dark and God created the light and saw that it was good. He separated it from the darkness calling the light Day and the darkness night. (Gen 1:1-5)
Day 2 : Then God created an expanse between the water separating the water under the expanse from the water above the expanse calling the expanse Heaven.(vs 6-8)
Day 3 : Third Day God created the earth, the seas and said that it was good. He also commanded the earth to sprout forth vegetation and saw that it was good. (vs 9-13)
Day 4 : God created the two great lights - the greater one to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night and the stars. He placed then in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth. And God saw that it was good. (vs 14-19)
Day 5 : Then God created the sea creatures and the birds of the air according to its kind and blessed them to be fruitful and to multiply on the earth. (vs 20-23)
Day 6 : God created the animals, the livestock and the creeping creatures according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (vs 24,25)
After creating and placing all things in order we see in verse 26-31 that God created man in His own image and likeness and blessed him to be fruitful and to multiply and fill the earth with the image bearers, having dominion over His creation. God rejoiced looking at His creation calling it very good.
This is the story of God's good creation in which He delighted calling it very good.
Why it is so important for mankind to know The Creator and His Creation story?
"They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen." Rom 1:25
Knowing the truth saves us from the lies and deception of the enemy and lightens our path to know Him (God) who is good and made all things very good. The One who has the power to separate light from darkness. The One who is the ruler over the Heavens and the Earth.
He is the One who in creating us in His image and likeness has shown special love and favour upon us. Revealing Himself to mankind in general revelation and reaching out to us through special revelation in His Word, God wants us to know Him and draw near to Him so that we can taste His love and experience His grace and mercies.
He is the One who deserves glory and honour and praise from His Creation as in Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Recently I shifted my base to Punjab, a state in northern region of India to be near my ailing brother. My late brother who loved me dearly called to assure me of arranging everything in order before I moved with my son and husband in the house we rented. For three days continually he took his helps to get the house in order, fixing the wires and equipments, getting it cleaned up though he was unwell. When we moved in, everything was set and orderly placed. Sadly, we lost him within a span of one and a half month but those few days spent are the most precious ones I will treasure forever.
Every time I read Genesis chapter 1, it reminds me of my brother who though weak in flesh selflessly stepped out to make things comfortable for me all because of His love for me. It was our relationship as brother and sister that tied us in the bonding of love.
My dear brothers and sisters how much more we should adore and love Him who created us in His own image and likeness and made us unique from the rest of the Creation. As our Creator He is our Father who loves and cares for us dearly. He prepared everything beforehand and then created Adam and Eve and placed them in the beautiful garden of Eden to share and rejoice in the works of His hand and to look after His wonderful Creation. Let us humble our hearts before the Perfect God and thank Him all the more for all His goodness and Faithfulness.
Question for reflection
1. Knowing the Truth about the Creator God and the story of His beautiful creation, what should be our response towards Him who created us in His own image and likeness and what should be our response towards His Creation?
John 8:32 says, "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free".
God bless you all.