God’s Love is Seen in His Creation
Prepare your Heart
Spend some time reading today’s verses multiple times. Make sure to read them in context of the verses around them, the chapter they are in, and the book they are in. Before beginning today’s devotion, take time to prepare your heart before the Lord in prayer. Ask that God, through His Spirit, would bring to life the truths of today’s verses and help you see how they apply to your life. While this journal is a tool to guide your time with the Lord, nothing can replace the power of personal prayer and preparation.
“Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.” — Genesis 1:31
“10 You make springs pour water into the ravines, so streams gush down from the mountains. 11 They provide water for all the animals, and the wild donkeys quench their thirst. 12 The birds nest beside the streams and sing among the branches of the trees.13 You send rain on the mountains from your heavenly home, and you fill the earth with the fruit of your labor. 24 O Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures.25 Here is the ocean, vast and wide, teeming with life of every kind, both large and small. 31 May the glory of the Lord continue forever! The Lord takes pleasure in all he has made!” — Psalm 104:10-13, 24-25, 31
Have you noticed that the science and technology innovators are working feverishly to figure out a way to colonize Mars? SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in particular has a plan in place to put one million people on Mars as a Plan B society in case nuclear war wipes out the human race. He projects taking trips back and forth as soon as 2019. But have you seen pictures of the surface of Mars? NASA says the average temperature is minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit -- way below freezing! Its surface is rocky, with canyons, volcanoes, dry lake beds and craters all over it. Red dust covers most of its surface. This does not exactly sound like an oasis!
If our planet was like Jupiter, we might be inclined to view Mars as a desired destination. But our planet is stunningly gorgeous. In 1967 Louis Armstrong recorded the song “What a Wonderful World.” In his reflection of this planet he said, “I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom for me and you. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. I see skies of blue and clouds of white. The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night. And I think to myself what a wonderful world.”
God loved you and me so much that He created this beautiful world around us to enjoy. God looks out across His creation and rejoices in His works. He takes pleasure in His creation and delights in what He sees. Much like a father and mother might delight in working hard and providing a nice home to raise their children and watch them play, God joyfully made this earth for us to humbly enjoy and marvel at His excellence.
God also made this beautiful landscape so that all can see His handiwork. Creation is a proof that God exists. Again, just look at every other planet we have been able to capture in a photograph. They are all barren or harsh environments. But this masterpiece is further evidence not only that God exists but also that He loves us so much.
Questions for Thought:
- Do you connect the beauty of creation with the Creator? Are you ever moved to worship when you see the majesty of God at work in the landscape around you?
- How does creation point to the existence of God?
God’s Mission, Your Mission
Before God created Man, He created the world in all of its beauty. He looked out upon the earth and declared it was good. Then – and only then – did God make His most precious creation. He set apart humans from all other creatures. He gave them a soul, gave them special access to Himself, and set them in charge of the earth. Unfortunately, history would suggest that we have not been great stewards of this earth. Elon Musk and others are considering whether or not we will put the final nail in the coffin and make this place uninhabitable. But we can still make a difference. We can view this planet as a special gift from God and worthy of our care. So, as you marvel at creation, let it be a launching point for worship. Praise God for His wondrous grace. We are living on a quite remarkable planet. Also, make every effort to take care of your little corner of the planet. Treat it with care and respect as a beautiful offering of worship.