Creation is one of the most beautiful ways through which God speaks to us, if only we would listen.
Before I raise your ire and you throw me out as some pantheistic loon, we can best hear the voice of God through His inspired Word. He gave us our Bible for a reason, after all. However, even the Bible tells us that God is speaking to us through His creation.
Psalm 19 opens by speaking of the majesty of God as displayed in the heavens. Through verse 6, the text expounds on the wonder of the skies, calling the sun a champion out to run a race day by day, and proclaiming that even though they have no traditional voice, the voice of the heavens declares the glory of God. All this for the sun and the place in which it dwells.
Maybe even better would be Romans 1:20;
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
It is so much more than the sun and the stars. All things created point to the Creator. This can seems somewhat unremarkable if you consider the relationship between God and His creation as you would between an artist and his painting. Any artist, looking back over his work and saying that it is indeed good, will sign his name to his work. After all, who doesn’t want credit for a job well done?
All creatures of our God and King:
Lift up your voice and let us sing!
O Praise Him! O Praise Him! Alleluia!
It is expected that the lower beasts would attest to the glory of God. I’m speaking specifically of the creatures that operate under the leading of their instincts and baser animal urges. These things perform in the ways that they were designed, and the Designer gets the credit for them.
Consider the centipede. (After all, Josh sings about him.) It’s a small little monster, and one of the grossest bugs I’ve seen. Anything with one-hundred legs and no back bone should not be trusted. Even typing about centipedes makes my skin crawl. But really, if you can get past the heebie-jeebie factor, they are a beautiful creature. It’s amazing to consider that the seemingly random movements of those single legs could result in such purposeful movement. And this is just one creature. All of creation works together for the purposes of the Creator.
What choice do they have?
But what about those who are reading this blog post? What about the rest of mankind? Do you live in a way that brings honor to the Creator?
While I understand that this blog has a much deeper appeal for the Jesus-interested audience, I know that some who are reading this do not claim to be Christian. So while church-type people will undoubtedly claim that they glorify God with their lives, what about you not-churchy people? Obviously, you’re not out there writing theological discourses on the wonder of God. You’re probably not actively involved in mission work with the intention of bringing more people into the Kingdom of God. And yet, whether you even realize it or not, you are glorifying God, at least in some ways.
Mankind has been created in the image of God. These does not mean that we resemble God in a physical form as most of the paintings of Him suggest, but more in the fact that we are relational. God is a community within Himself (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost), and that coexistence and teamwork is something that has been built into us. We weren’t created to be alone, but are intended to commune and fellowship with one another. (As a side note, this is why church is so important.)
Whether you see it or not, you were created to be creative. God is glorified when we use the tools that He has given us. Whether you are a preacher, mechanic, or sandwich artist, God wants you to do all things heartily, as if you were doing them for Him directly. Whether or not you are invoking the name of God with your actions, you are still imitating your Father, and He is still glorified.
Consider a child (or adult) building something beautiful with Lego blocks. They might not be doing it to glorify the Lego company, but in some small way, they are proving that Legos are good for building, and they are good for building because the Lego company has designed them this way. The toy company has equipped million to be creative, all while building monuments (however small) to the Lego corporation.
Dare I go as far to say that each of our individual acts of creation are an act of worship? Yeah, that’s pretty much where I’m at with it.
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All that being said, we would be infinitely more glorifying to our Creator of we are willing participants. Is He forcing you? Of course not, but you are His creation, and you were made for His glory. You may not like the idea of serving God, but the simple truth is that we were all made to serve Him.
Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, “What are you making?” Does your work say, “The potter has no hands”? Woe to the one who says to a father, “What have you begotten?” or to a mother, “What have you brought to birth?” —Isaiah 45:9-10
You don’t have to like it for it to be true. But the truth is far more liberating than you think. But don’t let me convince you. Let us permit Josh to have his say again:
And all of creation groans in anticipation
Waitin’ for the Son of God to be manifest
And I can feel it burnin’ in my chest
The liberation for the oppressed
And it’s beautiful like the feet that bring good news
It’s beautiful like this freedom tune
It’s beautiful like the power to choose, to change
Beautiful like the long awaited rain
Beautiful like the healing pains
Beautiful like to holy flames
All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and let us sing
O praise Him! O Praise Him!
Submission is a beautiful thing. It is what we were created for. No one worth their salt purposes to drive a nail with a loaf of bread. God has given you the tools to live your life in the best way possible: for your good, and for His. Use what He has given you wisely.
And hey, if you’re down with the Josh Garrels cat, you can download a broader sample of his music for free. I highly recommend that you do just that.