Identity Found in God The Creator and The Creation ~ The Creator ~ The Creation ~ The Relationship ~ The Purpose ~ Living Fully as His Creation
Genesis 1:1-2, 31, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters… God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
I recall very vividly sitting in my high school English class staring blankly at a set of words put together to create something called a poem. We were challenged to figure out depth in the words, uncover the symbolism, and determine a theme. This poem was supposedly more than just words staring back at me. “What did the poet want the reader to take away?” I remember thinking, “How am I a supposed to know? It’s not like I can call him up and ask him!” Please excuse the teenage sarcasm!
The poet was the creator of the poem. He is the one who knew why he chose each word, and why they were positioned in the format they were in. He knows the emotions, the purpose, the reason behind the intricate details of his created poem. The poet was moved to create the poem. He alone knows fully the depths in the words, the symbolism and the theme of his work. The poem is his. He made it. He is the one who can reveal the meaning and purpose of his creation.
God is our Creator. God alone made the heavens and the earth and all that is in it. All things exist; all of us exist because God has created all. He is the Author, the Maker, and the Designer of all. By His hands, we were made. Consider God as a poet. The One who decided to create. One characteristic of God as our Creator is that He indeed is creative. He is able to come up with new ideas and creations.
Capable – God our Creator is also capable. Capable of bringing into being all things. Capable – having attributes (as physical or mental power) required for performance or accomplishment. Our Creator, God Almighty, has what it takes to accomplish making something out of nothing. Read that sentence again. God started with nothing…no substance, no atom, nothing, and created – brought something into existence. And from there, mankind was created. If God is capable of that, I don’t know about you, but I find great excitement in considering what else God, our Creator can do!
I am no scientist, but even my simple mind marvels at the fact that shows the perfect placement of the sun in relationship to earth…any closer and it would be too hot for living beings to survive, any further it would be too cold. Pause for just a moment and think about our view of God, the Creator. Do we cling to our Creator, knowing full well that He is capable of SO much? That He is able to do “immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine”? Ephesians 3:20
God, the poet of our very lives, knows the reason why things were created as they were. I have to admit that Jesse, our youngest child, and I sometimes have conversations about the “why” of some parts of creation. I, personally, have not come to any conclusions on any purpose of rodents with long tails and beady eyes who sometimes find themselves in our dwelling space!? There must be some explanation, but I have not discovered it yet. Our poet, God, is aware of the purpose of everything He created. He knows and is the One to reveal the intricate details – He was – He is – And He is to be.
Back to English class – the more I sat with the poem, pursuing the poet’s purpose, the words became more and more meaningful. The more I considered who the poet was and what he may have desired to shed upon the readers, the more it made sense…the more value his created poem reflected. Consider the intentions of God as He created you. He was moved to make you. You have purpose and meaning in Him.
Look up the creation story, and let His creativity and capability soak in as you consider the power God has as Creator. Find yourself gazing at His creation around you. Write down and tell God how much you appreciate what He has created.
Psalm 8:3-9, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them[ a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their] feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!