Today has been another lethargic day in my week. The past two days were more taxing, so it seems to be following observable sequence for me. But overall, it is good to be engaging in some more and varied activity and to explore some options for the coming months. While I was at the capitol one of the legislators asked me to come and testify on a physical therapy bill that is in committee this next week, so I hope to be able to make that appointment.
Tomorrow Debbie will begin assisting or friend Charlie Simineo in leading a grief recover group during the 10:30 a.m. service at Timberline. That will bring a change to our weekend schedule for the next 13 weeks.
As we wrap up January 2015, I’m pleased with the progress since January 2014. Thank you for those who have followed, prayed and encouraged us along this journey.
BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY… “…in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one through whom God created the universe, the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end. He reflects the brightness of God’s glory and is the exact likeness of God’s own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word.” Hebrews 1:2,3
When we think about God and creation the first verse of the Bible is the one that comes to mind, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) However as I have read through the Bible the last two or three times, I have taken note of the number of times a reference is made to God’s work in creation. In the Good News Translation, you will find the word, “created” 115 times, and all but a few are in reference to God’s activity in bringing the world and humanity into existence.
We find the record of creation in the first book of the Bible and in the last book of the Bible, we find choruses of worship before the creator-God in heaven. “Our Lord and God! You are worthy to receive glory, honor, and power. For you created all things, and by your will they were given existence and life.” (Revelation 4:11)
Consider the following…
- “..you alone are God, ruling all the kingdoms of the world. You created the earth and the sky.” 2 Kings 19:15
- “The Lord created the heavens by his command, the sun, moon, and stars by his spoken word.” Psalm 33:6
- “Have reverence for God, and obey his commands, because this is all that we were created for.” Ecclesiastes 12:13
- “God is the one who made the mountains and created the winds.” Amos 4:13
- “From one human being he [God] created all races of people and made them live throughout the whole earth.” Acts 17:26
- “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:3
- “…through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see…Everything was created through him and for him” Colossians 1:16
So we see throughout the history of the Bible God’s role as creator is recognized. Today in the debate about origins, the two sides are evolution or “accidental creation” versus “Intelligent design.”
The Bible says that God had a purpose for His creation and I believe one of the greatest evidences of that is His highest creation, humanity, possesses the ability of “intelligent design.”
We were created on purpose, for purpose and when we function according to our God-given purpose we find the fulfillment in life that God created us to know.
God is to be worshiped and given glory, power and honor because of His work of creation. While people will continually try to “figure it out” often times they discover that all of human wisdom cannot comprehend the whys and wherefores of God’s creation.
God’s Word not only gives us the beginning, it also give us the end. And that is something that “science” can not answer. There may be those who with confidence will tell you “how we got here.” They just come up short with “now that we’re here what are suppose to do and where are we going?”
Faith doesn’t answer all the questions about life, but it gives you confidence about why you are here and where you are going. And that, I would submit, is what is most important.