Opening my Eyes to Creation
Yesterday I woke up before the kids to do my devotions. The house was pretty quiet and I was enjoying getting that extra time to dig into the word. It is so important to make sure we are taking time to soak up all that God has to say.
I started reading out of my discipleship book for church….there is always something applicable when reading Gods word. Sometimes, it screams at us louder than other times though. Yesterday was one of those times. 🙂
Growing up I was taught a literal 6 day Biblical Creation. In those days, in school the Big bang Theory and Evolution were mentioned ONLY in High School, and even then they were just touched on as a theory, not fact. So I knew and believed what God said in Genesis Chapter 1….
In the Beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth…
I never doubt this. I never asked questions about where did God come from, honestly regardless of the times I have messed up in life, I never questioned God or my belief in him. Maybe I took it all a little for granted though because while living a Godly life was sometimes hard, believing in God was easy for me. When I was in college Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis came to visit my church. This was many years ago, back at the beginning of his ministry. I attended a weekend long seminar of Creation there, I think that is the most I had dove into Creation in my whole life but it taught me a lot. After I had my oldest and he began to grow, at about age 2 he fell in love with Dinosaurs. Most books had millions of years ago, I had an issue with that. At first I ignored it, then it bothered me again and I thought why am I reading to him out of these books when I know they are a lie. I eventually got rid of all of them and replaced everything with stuff from Answers in Genesis or other faith-based places. As my son has grown even more he just loves Answers in Genesis and has met both Ken Ham and Buddy Davis. He has attended his own seminars for kids, he has read everything he can get his hands on from them, watched their videos, and we have went to the Creation Museum as often as possible! My son now has a very good understanding of Genesis, and the literal 6 days of Creation. Because if his interests I have dove more into the word on this topic, many times! 🙂
When I was doing my Bible study time, I opened up in my book and it was on Creation! However, it had a different spin on things. We all see the beauty of the world. It is all around us. However, have you thought about using Creation to share Christ with someone? Other than saying things, about the beauty of Creation or something eye-catching that I can see, I really haven’t ever thought of it this way!
So I open the book and the topic is Knowing God Through Creation….
Here is the scripture references….
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Psalm 19:1-4
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Romans 1:19-20
For those who question IS there a God…How can I know he is real? Well it is so easy! God reveals himself through his Creation! he is making Himself known to us! Isn’t that amazing? So how does he do that? Well through the physical world, nature, and the created order.
Here are 4 main points from the study….
1. Creation Speaks of God’s Reality
Basically this means that by the wording in Psalm 19:1, where it says “the heavens declare” that it shows us that creation in a way is telling a story. A story of Gods reality! WOW!!! This made me almost gasp. I mean I knew it was true. I knew that God created the world and he made all things good. I GET that…but I never thought of it in a story sense. It just moved me and opened me up for the rest of the lesson! I personally loved this part….
Think of creation as a divine road map to knowing that God exists. it doesn’t even make sense to say that NOTHING created our universe!
2. Creation Speaks of God’s Glory
We hear people say all the time, we are doing things for God’s glory or to bring glory to God. The creation declares Gods glory Psalm 19:1. The word glory carries the idea of the full substance of God’s character, love, and power. Through his own creative ability, God throws his weight around and reveals the fullness of His might, goodness, and personality!!!
We can see that fullness in the design and orderliness of His creation. Every year seasons come and go. Seeds are planted, crops and flowers grow. In due season we harvest God’s bounty. God was the author of orderly design with his creation. His design was unique and is a proper reason for glorifying Him and thanking him for making us!
3. Creation Speaks of God’s Power and Dominion
God’s creation doesn’t need words or speeches to convey its marvels….in verse 3 it states There is no speech: here are no words; their voice is not heard. god doesn’t have to shout, I created this or that. The splendor and magnificence of creation speak of God’s powerful works without saying a word!! WOW praise God…WOW that got me. Why do we need to shout and argue the word of God? Let it speak for itself! Explain it if need be but don’t scream and shout! The creation is subject to God, why? Because HE created it! So is our witness even needed or is it powerful?
In verse 4 it assures us that creations witness to our powerful God has gone out to all the earth. The sun is the loudest
So after I read my study and was pondering the lesson and God’s word I began to think about fall. I love all seasons but back home in WV fall is so beautiful! The leaves in the mountains changing colors is simply breathtaking. Every year when I lived in WV, I would make a trip up to see the Waterfalls and to New River Gorge. If you haven’t been there in the fall, it is a must see. I loved the feel of the cooler temperatures, especially after a hot humid summer. The leaves were almost like a rainbow. I would think as I walked around and looked, how blessed I was. How wonderful Gods creation was. However, I really didn’t think about how that tied into salvation or how I could use that to lead someone to Christ.
However, this is the first story in the Bible. The wonder, beauty, power, and awe of our Creator and His Creation! Why wouldn’t or couldn’t it be used to fulfill the calling, go into all the world and spread the gospel. It is so simple to bring in creation to everyday conversations. How about when your on the beach and the waves are crashing in, what a conversation starter! Looking at the beauty of the snow-covered landscape. Commenting on the smell of the first flowers when they bloom! The bounty of a garden. The beauty of hard work from that bounty lined up in jars. God’s wonderful creation is everywhere. Don’t be afraid to bring that in as a way to share God’s truth.
It can also be a way for believers to grow and fellowship. For me, lately I have had several ladies to ask me about canning. Canning at one point seemed to have lost its appeal to many, well with the spring up of grocery stores everywhere, its easy to just run in and grab a can of whatever you need. However, in my family, canning didn’t go out of style and I am so happy I can use this, to pass on what my mom taught to me, not to daughters, since I have none but to friends as a way of fellowship and growing in Christ.
So this lesson appealed to me, it challenged me as well. How can I use God’s creation more to spread the word of God. On thing I am being led to do is help others get started with canning. Fellowship and Gods Creation all in one!
Some of the pictures I have included in this blog are from some of our visits to the Creation Museum. Wonderful place to visit if you get the chance!
Well I hope this blog encourages you to use the simple yet lovely things God has blessed us with to share what he has done for us, this week. How will YOU use Creation to share the gospel?
***Some notes were mentioned out of the Lifeway Discipleship Book***