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Servants All (2)
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.
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The entire, vast cosmos has come into being and is held in place by the power of the Word of God. Jesus Christ, enthroned at the Father’s right hand, rules like an officer over all that is, bending it to accomplish His purposes in building His Church. Which means the creation exists to serve the needs of those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ, and chief among those needs is that of knowing the Lord and loving Him more.
Paul explains that unbelieving men do not find God in the cosmos. The reason is simple: they choose not to. And, being stubborn in heart and ungrateful toward God, they turn from Him to their own schemes and plans, thus incurring His wrath (Eccl. 7:29; Rom. 1:18-32). But this must not be the case with the Lord’s redeemed. We who have come to know Jesus Christ and who believe His Word must take the Scripture seriously when it tells us that we may know, seek, and love the Lord by turning to the works of creation.
The glory of God is everywhere waiting to make itself known to us in the creation (Ps. 19:1-4). The works of the Lord – all that creating and sustaining, day by day, year-in and year-out – are testifying to us about the Lord Himself, so that, by carefully observing the cosmos in all its particulars we may learn more about the God Who made and sustains it. The Scriptures tell us that the works of creation declare the splendor, majesty, wonder, goodness, and greatness of God (Ps. 145:5-7). They speak of His glory, testify to His power, and emphasize the reality of His rule over all that He has created (Ps. 145:10-12). We can learn much about the Lord through our study of His Word; however, that same Word emphasizes that it is equally important that we give ourselves to the study of God’s works in creation. Job’s failure to pay attention to the evidence of God in the creation drew a stern rebuke from the Lord (Job 38-41); does the same rebuke await many of us?
What will encourage us to take more seriously the study of creation? For many of us, perhaps, the science courses we took in school were the last time we ever thought seriously about the creation and its workings. Most of us take the world for granted; having never learned how to ponder or study it, we find it useful as a staging-ground for our daily existence, and not much else.
But once we get our minds around the idea that, in every aspect and facet of the vast cosmos, God is speaking to us of His glory and beckoning us to seek, know, and love Him through the works of His hands, we will see our love for the creation begin to grow in new ways. The psalmist declares, “Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them” (Ps. 111:2). We will delight in the creation when we understand that God has made it in order to help us know Him. When we delight in the cosmos like this, we will begin to study it in earnest, thus enabling it to fulfill this most fundamental aspect of its reason for being.
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