Focal passages: Psalm 33:6-9, 13-15; Colossians 1:15-17
When I pulled that ceramic candy bowl out of the moving box, I recognized it immediately.
You see, I had decorated the dish over 15 years ago but I still remembered how crooked my strokes had been and how my attempt at a red apple ended up looking more like a rotten tomato. That bowl was my creation, however unimpressive it might be.
Human creativity is a gift from God and a way we reflect His image.
Our often feeble attempt at creativity reminds us of the magnificence of God’s creation. God did not fashion you or me at a paint-your-own pottery bonanza.
He made everything from nothing. The heavens and the earth were created “by the word of the Lord” and “by the breath of His mouth” (Psalm 33:6).
Can you fathom it? God spoke, and the world came into existence.
But that isn’t all.
God didn’t just create this world and move on to other projects. In the same way I know my pottery because I painted it, God knows each of us intimately because He is the one who made us. He has fashioned our hearts, and He understands us to the very depth of our being.
It can be tempting to think of only God the Father as our Creator, yet the Bible is clear that Jesus was instrumental in creation. As the uncreated One, “all things have been created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16). All things hold together precisely because Jesus ensures that they endure.
If you were to see my candy dish today, you would probably smile and say something nice about my effort.
At least she tried, you might think. And yet, when we stop our busy lives long enough to mediate on the miracle of creation, we have no other option but to worship and “tremble before the Lord” (Psalm 33:8).
The One who formed us out of nothing and knows us intimately is the same one who took our sin upon Himself at Calvary.
Our response can only be to “stand in awe of Him” (Psalm 33:8).