The Mystery of Creation – Day 13
Creation is a mystery. Some elude its terrors by staying indoors. For them it is a horror of horrors to enter into its uncertainties. Creation invokes in them fears that burn like fire and cannot be quenched. Others despise withdrawing into a prefabricated environment. They want to dive head first into the depths of creation’s volatility; they long to ride the crests and troughs of its dangers and would rather sleep under the stars than retreat to the stability of a man-made roof.
More perplexing than creation itself is the Creator. The fact that God created the heavens and the earth has evoked a myriad of questions throughout history. Like the prophet Jeremiah, many have wished they were never born.
The thought of life brings them despair. Why did God create when he knew the world would be full of pain, suffering and death? If God is so good why does he allow evil? Some think God is malicious because his domain is filled with unspeakable atrocities. How can there be a God when things like the Holocaust are permitted to happen?
We must pause for a moment in order to see past the cloud of dust that has impaired our vision. Throughout history God has testified to having created this world even though things may sometimes appear otherwise. Don’t farmers sow grain even though they know there will be some chaff? Similarly, don’t we plant fruit trees even though we know they may produce some bad fruit? In the same way, God created for the sake of the good that would come from his creation. It is better that there is life than no life at all. Jesus tackled our confusion about creation is his parable about the wheat and the tares:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weed and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn’” (Matt. 13:24b-30).
When God created the heavens and the earth, he made all things good. In other words, he sowed “good seed in his field.” However an enemy came along sowing weeds.
The origin of this enemy is never the subject of Genesis 1.
What we do know is that God in his wisdom did not impulsively eradicate evil. The Lord chose to wait. If God lacked patience, the wheat (the good) would have been uprooted with the chaff (the evil). The result would have been nothing but emptiness—what may be described as the quintessence of evil.
Instead God’s love, wisdom and patience caused him to wait.
God holds back his wrath until “the times reach their fulfillment” (Eph. 1:10). He desires to bring into order all things together under one head: Christ (Eph. 1:10). Our Lord would rather have a season of good with some evil then the absence of any good at all. He would rather endure life with death, rather than emptiness––the lack of life altogether. Our God is a God of life.
Prayer: Father, you are patient. You are waiting till the times reach their fulfilment before you eradicate evil from the world. And if you are patient with creation, you are also patient with me. Thank you for your love––your long-suffering love. In the end, everything will make sense and the grand tapestry you are painstakingly weaving will be revealed.