Artists labor for days or even months to bring their work into creation. Meanwhile, the stereotype “starving artists” exists because there’s no guarantee of reimbursement for their time investment. What is so important about creation that it compels artists to sacrifice sleep, energy, time, and even money?
My own favorite ceramic creation sits on a bookshelf in my study. It’s a simple maroon tent with a green backpack in front of it. A tiny sign carefully carved reads, “Backpacker’s Home.” It’s crude and obviously made from a novice, but it’s the one ceramic piece out of two semesters that I hung onto. My creation matters because it represents something about who I am, my creativity, and because the act of creating my tent brought me joy.
Human creations matter because they reflect of humanity’s nature. In other words, they glorify our name. The Biblical story of Creation matters because of what it reflects of God’s nature. Because God created the entire universe, His characteristic as the Creator is important to our own ability to worship.
We can find joy in studying the Creation account.
We Can find Joy in God as Our Creator Because of His Creation
The Creation account depicted in Genesis 1-2 happened so long ago that it can be easy to reduce the importance of the text into a squabble about if Creation happened 6,000 years ago or 10,000,000,000 years ago. Those who grew up in Sunday School might miss the beauty of the Creation account simply because of their familiarity with it. However, God as Creator is much more important than knowing that He created animals on Day 6 or deciding if the word translated as ‘day’ is literal.
The Creation account paints a beautiful picture of a God who displayed His full creativity in designing the world. It shows His vast power, His authority over every part of the earth, and even His tenderness in personally passing on the breath of life to His created creatures (Genesis 1:30; Genesis 2:7).
Remembering God as our Creator means praising Him for what He has done and continues to do.
God created everything in our world through the power of His words. As God creates, we see that He frequently reflects on what He makes. “It is good,” He decides.
Genesis 1 teaches:
1) Everything good in our world originates with God
2) God’s word’s are the literal source of life.
We find joy in this Scripture because it reminds us to be grateful and to praise God for His role as our Creator.
Read about Who God is as the Creator
First read Genesis 1:1-31
Slow down as you read it. Let the rhythm of the Creation account draw you in. Spend a moment trying to picture each day in your mind. Let the wonder set in.
This earth was once formless and empty. It was tohu vavohu in the original Hebrew, or a formless chaos that was difficult to grasp. Other verses using tohu translate it as meaning “useless”. There was darkness and too much water for life as we know it. God came to the very surface of this planet and subdued it with His words.
And it was good.
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Learn the Joy of our Creator God
When I went to write this post, I was really struggling to keep the focus on who God is as our Creator rather than on who you and I are as His creation. It’s so easy to move from the Creation account to the fall of man and then to what that means for our own lives. It’s not so simple to remember a, ironically, very simple truth.
God is worthy of praise because He is our Creator. No other reason should be needed to make His children feel convicted of worshipping Him.
To get my mind focused, I highlighted every time this chapter says “it was good.” The highlights make it impossible to forget. God is the Creator and whatever He creates is good. God’s words are the literal source of life in this world. In fact, He makes a point of blessing birds, fish, animals, and mankind with fruitfulness (Gen. 1:22,28). Reproduction of life is also tied to His words.
There’s something else that happens as God is creating, though. Go read verses 4 and 7 again. God took something that was originally bad for life, darkness and water, and used His voice to subdue those bad elements as He created. The text says that He separated light from dark. He separated water from water. In doing so, He redeemed the uninhabitable elements of the world for His plan of bringing greater life to His creation.
It’s interesting to note that God specifically labeled the light as good, but not the dark. He calls land, fish, and birds, good, but He does not call the sky or oceans by this word. If a creation reveals something about its creator, then this shows us that part of God’s nature is to overpower and redeem the unusable.
When God creates man in His own image, He blesses them with a similar authority. He says, “Rule over this world. Tend my garden and watch over it” (Genesis 1:28 ; 2:15).
God’s power is worthy of praise.
Why God as Creator Matters to Our Worship
But why does this matter to our joy as Christians and our ability to worship? After all, didn’t Creation happen way in the past?
I believe that part of why Moses detailed out so much of the Creation is so we can grasp just how awesome God is. I mean, I know when I talk to my kids about how God created, I tend to heavily abbreviate the story. Why not just write, “God created the light, the dark, the animals, the tree. Look around you? Do you see something else God created. That’s right! He made everything we see or ever will see.”
Either Moses needed a good editor or He wanted to really wow the Israelites with the next part of the message. “You understand how God created, right? Now remember, God is still creating. He’s still talking to us. He promised Abraham that there would be a mighty nation and that’s us. And remember how God set us free from Egypt? That was the power of His words as He still creates something good with us.”
Okay, so I just abbreviated all of Genesis and most of Exodus. Whoops. The point is that the Bible speaks of God’s words of being an ongoing source of life. Hebrews 1:3 backs this up directly. John 1 talks about how God’s Word became flesh in the form of Jesus. Psalm 139:13-14 talks about God’s personal touch of creation in the womb. Ezekiel 37 shows how God’s word, delivered through a prophet, even resurrects the dead.
So all that wonder you feel when you take your time reading through Genesis 1? That applies to your life in this very moment. God personally created you. He still sustains your physical body with His words. He offers eternal life through Jesus Christ.
God is worthy of praise as our Creator. Do you feel the joy bubbling up inside you as think about this? I do!
Apply the Joy of the Creator to Your Life
Ask, “Have I been joyous about God’s role as my creator recently?”
Praise, “Dear God, you are so amazing. You took such care in designing this world. After all this time, we still have not discovered all You are able to do. Your Creation is past comprehension for the mind of a single human. And You take all that care with my own life. You are incredible. Amen.”
Do, spend a few minutes outside studying the world that God created. Admiring the lines of an oak tree, the deep grooves of pine bark, or the amazing and almost hidden world of bugs are all simple things that can help you feel wonder. Take that feeling and turn it into praise for God’s great design.
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