Two weeks ago, my dear wife and I were at the ACBC Conference in Louisville, KY. From Springdale, AR, it is about a 10-hour drive which meant I got to enjoy time with my wife and time looking through the windshield at the vast creation of God in Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee (1,327 miles to be exact 🙂 )
During this time of driving, a theme kept coming up in our conversation as we would see the changing leaves on trees or watch the sunset: God is an amazing Creator (Ps 111:3)! Or, in the vernacular of my youth ministry: God makes cool stuff.
Ps 8:1, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!”
Ps 19:1, “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”
Ps 50:6, “The heavens declare His righteousness…”
Job 12:7-9, “But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; and the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you. Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; and let the fish of the sea declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, In whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?”
Rom 1:20, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made…”
As I reflect on these verses, I am struck by three truths: (1) How true these statements are when considering/studying creation, (2) how incredible this world has been made even though it currently lives under the curse of sin (Rom 8:19-22), and (3) that this is only a preview of the new creation to come (Rev 21:4-5).
And yet, as I reflect on God’s creation, my mind is brought to His best creation: salvation. He built in to me and those who have believed in the gospel a new creation.
2 Cor 5:21, “17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
God truly makes cool stuff!