So Will I

So Will I

In a conversation with a friend many years ago I remember saying to her, “I’ve been noticing how often God makes mention of the fact that He is our Creator. If He says it so often, it must be important for us to pay attention to it.” Indeed, over the years the Lord has been peeling back the veil to show me more and more why His role as Creator is so important for us to understand.

One of the reasons His declarations of His position as Creator is important is that He has ownership. Think about the difference in feeling when you go out an buy a table, or if you purchase the material, then make it yourself. While you know you own something when you purchase it, having actually put your personal labor into creating something takes that feeling to the next level. It is no longer just ownership, it is workmanship. The fact that God designed and created everything that exists, everything we see and even things we cannot see, that gives Him a vested interest in each and every molecule and atom in the universe, because they (and we) are His workmanship. He is intensely connected to all He has made.

Another reason He calls attention to His Creatorship is because He wants us to take time to consider it, and reflect on what He has done, as well as Who He is who did it. When we do so we will begin to marvel at His wisdom and power to bring all of this into being. When I watch science shows, although I have to set aside the parts they get wrong about how things came to be, I still watch with wonder at all our Creator God has designed. For the planets and celestial bodies to have these intricate orbits, for the beauty that is in the cosmos, for the complexity of the microcosmic world, for the diversity in species, and the loveliness of the natural world around us—for all these things He is the Originator, the Designer, the Maker, and He is worthy of our wonder and praise as we contemplate them.

As I mentioned above, Scripture is filled with references to God as Maker and Creator. A quick search engine check reveals more than 100 references. From the very first verse in the Bible, all the way through to the book of Revelation He declares His Creatorship as fact. And to read through these passages is to move our hearts to awe, to humble our spirits before Him, and to inspire our worship. Let’s just sample a few of them:

“You alone are the Lord. You have made the heavens, The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them and the heavenly host bows down before You” (Neh. 9:6).

“The One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these” (Is. 45:7).

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed and were created” (Rev. 4:11).

“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him” (Col. 1:16).

These are just a small appetizer of the wonderful feast of verses and passages in the Scripture which point our eyes and hearts in the direction of the splendor that is our Creator God. We look there far too little, or our praises and lives would not be so anemic. David looked there and said, “When I behold Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and stars, which You have set in place—what is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You care for him?” To ponder the greatness of God’s workmanship is to both marvel at Him, and to put ourselves into a more appropriate perspective.

A God that wise, one with such knowledge, with the ability to design and plan and flawlessly run an entire universe can surely be entrusted with our lives. We can trust that wisdom. We can trust that ability to see and know and understand and plan and purpose for us—beyond anything we can ask or imagine—even when it feels to us that things are going of the rails. They’re not. This God, this amazing, wise, purposeful God has it all under control.

And consider His power—to take absolutely nothing and create all of this—everything we see, things beyond what we can see. Let that sink in. He not only conceived all of this, He made all of this, and He keeps all of it going every nanosecond of ever day—all by His power. When we ponder this mighty Creator we can trust that He has the power to accomplish every one of His promises to us, and to mightily fulfill every need for power that confronts us in our lives.

This is why regularly looking at passages that speak of God’s glories as Creator, actively searching out understanding of the intricacies of all He has made, and singing or reflecting on songs such as So Will I, will enrich our worship, and humble us before His position as our Maker—exactly the attitude we need to inhabit in order to be proper worshippers of our amazing Creator. This is what God calls for when He says, “’For my hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,’ declares the Lord. ‘But to this one I look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.’” Considering these things is designed to bring us to the point of being those who are humble and contrite, trembling at the word of the One who not only created all things, but holds them together (Col.1:17).

Let me recommend meditating on the following passages to aid in gaining the proper perspective on God our Maker: Job 38-41; Isaiah 40; 43:1-13; Jeremiah 10:11-16, and keep your eyes open as you read through the Scriptures to find the many other times God declares Himself our Creator, and what that is intended to mean to our relationship with Him.