God’s Eternal Power and Divine Nature – Day 9
The fact that God is creator means we cannot manipulate him, neither can we find any fault in him. All of our criticisms of the Creator are meaningless. Listen to God’s own Genesis 1:1 commentary:
“Do you question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hands? It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry host…For this is what Yahweh says—he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited—he says: I am Yahweh and there is no other.” (Isa. 45:11-12, 18, NASB)
By virtue of the act of creation, the creator is Lord; he deserves and is worthy of full control. This is one of the main reasons people do not meditate on the book of Genesis. As creator, he must be Lord—but this fact collides with our desire to be lord. We would rather call the shots, give the orders and direct our own lives. God as creator confronts us with usurping his lordship. Paul hits the nail on the head when he states:
“Men…suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities [attributes]—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Rom. 1:18-20, NIV)
The human race is without excuse. What may be known about God has been made plain. People do not need a Bible to pronounce judgment on them; their own lives condemn them. Even their very thoughts that suppress God judge them, since they are using God’s very gift of reason to reject their maker.
In the act of creation we see more than God’s eternal power: we also get a glimpse of his divine nature. “God created!” How awesome is that reality! God who knows all things, who knew human beings would suppress the knowledge of him, still created life. There was nothing that necessitated God to create. There was no outside law, no external force. A.W. Tozer referred to this when he wrote, “To admit the existence of need in God is to admit incompleteness in the divine being. Need is a creature-word and cannot be spoken of the Creator. God has a voluntary relation to everything He has made, but has no necessary relation to anything outside Himself.” God had no need to create; yet he created.
Prayer: Lord, you had no need to create and still you created. What an awesome God you are! Today, I stop struggling to be lord and creator of my own life. I surrender. Be Lord of my life and be my creator, for you already are these things.