January 9, 2023 – This I Believe – Creator of Heaven and Earth

The next little while we’ll be looking at the Apostles’ Creed.  You can find it below. And, if you’d not, I’d encourage you to memorize it.  It’s a great thing for all of us to have committed to memory: 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Today we are talking about this truth that sounds simple, but it is so important. God is the creator of everything.  That means that everything, here on the earth and in heaven, is made by God.  He is the maker of all things.  

There are obviously a million (exaggerating, but not by much) biblical passages that show us this truth (Genesis 1-2), Job 40-42, Psalm 19, 24, 33, 100, and many others).   Scripture shows us repeatedly that God created all things.  

I think this has a lot of important things for to consider but for me, primarily among them are these two truths. We should be mindful of God’s presence in everything, and we should take good care of what God has created. 

Scripture tells us that all of creation gives glory to God.  We should learn to be aware of God in all places and at all times, especially though when we are in creation. Wesley encouraged his preachers to walk daily in nature and look for God’s glory around them.  We should pay attention to the colors, to the sights, the sounds, and the glory that abounds all around. 

God is not just trying to speak to us through worship and through Scripture, but God is trying to speak to us through His very creation.  We have to stop and pay attention.  Don’t get too busy to look for God. But look for Him everywhere. 

Second, as with Adam in the Garden, He has made us stewards of His creation.  We should be mindful of the gift that is all life. Yes, only humans have that special mark of being made in the image of God, but all life is beautiful and a give. God told Adam to tend to the creation and to the animals.  

We should do the same. We need to take care of what God has given us. How many pf us get frustrated when our kids don’t take care of the things that we give them? It bothers us when they do not treat with respect the things that we have given. How must God feel about us when we do the same thing to the gift that is creation?  

So, let’s make sure to look for God all around, and let’s take care of what He has given us.  He is the creator of heaven and of earth.  

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