Yesterday, we sang the hymn, "This is My Father's World." It was written by Maltbie D. Babcock, a pastor in western New York state, and published after his death in 1901. Like us, he lived on the Niagara Escarpment and would frequently walk the Escarpment in order to "go out and see my Father's world." I love this hymn because it contextualizes our faith and life from the perspective of God as Creator. If you are not familiar with the hymn, you can watch a contemporary version of it here.
The psalmists (several authors contributed to the Psalms) frequently reflect on the significance of God as Creator. Take a moment to read these selections from the Psalms, and roll them around in your mind for a few moments:
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for He knows how we are formed,
He remembers that we are dust (103:13-14).
For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
He is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
But the LORD made the heavens (96:4-5).
The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for He founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters (24:1-2).
There are many, many psalms that refer to the same truth: God is the Creator.
Apart from stimulating a debate with those who deny the existence of any supernatural, supreme being, how does this truth affect us? Would you pause for a moment, right now as you read this, and consider the events of your last week? What did you celebrate, what stressed you? Think about last night. Did you sleep well? Awake at 2:30 with heaviness of heart, or perhaps excitement? What does this week look like? That stuff, whatever it may be, is subject to the authority of our Creator God, and we are the objects of His compassion (go read Psalm 103 again) as we transverse through this week.
Forget the fight between creationists and evolutionists for just a moment. Here is the bottom line about God being Creator: He loves you unconditionally. He is engaged in your reality, graciously. Mercifully, He offers us forgiveness and restoration. In a very real sense, He is re-creating us every day. This fills our hearts with hope!!
Sometimes life is overwhelming. None of us are super-Christians, elite spiritual gurus who no longer struggle with living in a broken world, and with our own sin nature. Nor does God expect us to be struggle-free. He is the Creator, not us :-). As Solomon said, "God is in heaven, we are on earth; let our words be few" (Eccl. 5:1-3).
So, as you enjoy a bright, autumn fresh Monday morning, pause and meditate on the truth that God is your Creator. Remember this is much more than a theological proposition or scientific point of debate. It is the beginning and foundation for an intimate relationship with the one, living God whose mercies are new every day, whose faithfulness never ends.
Accordingly, have a great Monday!