God’s Spoken Creation
What does it mean to really say YES to God?
“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3)
Sometimes I picture God creating the world by throwing stars into the night sky like pixie dust. Except, that’s not how it went down. God pre-existed the beginning of time. He’s always been and always will be. The word for that is eternal. But lots of religions and gods claim the same everlasting qualities.
So how is Elohim any different? The great and mighty God would reveal Himself to humanity, not yet created, in the following millennia. But during creation, before man’s existence, God was. And in this moment, He is known by one very human attribute.
If we were to witness creation, we would only hear Him. That’s right. We would hear His voice. The whisper would reverberate through the void as creation became itself at His command.
God spoke. Everything else followed.
God is not a busy sprite or super-Santa. He is not a Greek myth that needs to throw lightning bolts in order to have any effect on the world. He simply speaks and reality changes. C. S. Lewis was once compelled to conclude, “Christianity is the one, true, factual myth”. It’s places like creation where I can see this the clearest.
God: the true myth. He is the power and the person, the reality, and the mystery.
How does speech create anything? I’m not sure, but I love that His power is revealed through speech because it makes Him somewhat accessible. After all, we speak too. Communication is one of the most human characteristics. God is both powerful and personal and we are created in His image.
God created. That’s too much for me to understand! But God spoke? That’s something I can digest. The myth and the truth are one.
He is the master… and yet His commandments are not burdensome.
He is so high above… and yet He has come that we may have life to the fullest.
He is eternal and outside of time… yet He relates to us in time.
He is the Lord… of love.
He is the God… of grace.
He is the Big… of all that are small.
Let’s make our hearts small before Him. Let’s humble ourselves to His lordship. Let’s embrace the reality that He controls everything, by merely speaking. It’s a great comfort to rest under the shadow of that wing.
Father, Help me to understand the vastness of Your power and love. Amen.
Question: How does God’s powerful nature affect your day?