Creation is a wonderful, awe-inspiring work of God.
Creation is God’s work, by the power of His Word, of calling into existence everything that now exists, as it pleased Him, to the glory of His name. Several times in the creation account we read, “And God said: Let there be …” (Genesis 1:3). What power and wisdom are behind the words, “Let there be”! The Psalms celebrate this work of God: “Let all the earth fear the LORD. Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him, for He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Psalm 33:8-9).
God created without preexisting matter. Sometimes scientists boast that they have “created” something in a laboratory. They have not—they have “formed” or “synthesised” something using preexistent chemicals. Without the chemicals, they could do nothing. God created the universe by speaking the word of divine fiat. God created time, space, matter and energy. Before He created, they did not exist. Before He created, only God was. He alone is eternal. Everything else is temporal and depends on Him.
Creation is a carefully designed and ordered work. God formed His creation—first He called matter into existence, and then He arranged that matter in a definite order over a period of six days. The Bible describes how God created the light, the heavens, the dry land and the sea, vegetation and plant life, the heavenly bodies (the sun, the moon and the stars), birds and aquatic life, air-breathing animals on the land, and finally human beings. Every creature occupies a divinely ordered place, and has a divinely determined function and relationship to other creatures. No wonder the inhabitants of heaven cry out, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:11)!
The doctrine of creation is never an intellectual curiosity for the Christian. It must lead us to worship. We must stand in awe of our Maker, before whom one day we will stand to be judged. He created us for His glory. Will He receive honour and glory from us, or will we rob Him of what is His due? The doctrine of creation is also a comfort to the Christian: “Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 124:8).
Is this God your help? Or are you in rebellion against your Creator?