God the Maker of Heaven and Earth

Steven Bouma-Prediger

READ : Genesis 1:1-8

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth . . . (v. 1)

Where are we? Not in the everyday sense of knowing our street address, but where are we in the big picture of things? Is the world in which we live a godless accident of changing matter over endless time? Is the beauty of a rose, the intricacy of an eye, the kindness of human friendship simply the whimsy of chance? Or is there more at work? To pose one of the perennial questions of philosophy: Why is there something rather than nothing?

The opening lines of Scripture remind us that God is maker of heaven and earth. The very first verse of the Bible insists that all things come to be because of God. God is the wise maker and loving sustainer of all that is. So the Apostles’ Creed declares that God is the maker of heaven and earth. It’s a mind-boggling claim. God makes and sustains everything! Our finite brain cannot fully grasp it, but in faith we profess it. All that we know of redemption is set within the frame of God’s creation. Where are we? We are in a God-wrought world.

PRAYER

Lord of the cosmos, Maker of heaven and earth, open our eyes and ears and hearts to this world of wonders you have lovingly made, and to your splendor and glory.