By Don Ruhl
Let us Christians be persuaded of God that He created us and that we have certain obligations to Him.
Creation ex nihilo
God made the things we see out of things we cannot see (Heb 11.3). That is “creation ex nihilo,” Latin for “creation out of nothing,” truly the miracle of all miracles. That rules out evolution and theistic evolution, because although God could have used evolution, He did not. God did not need an ingredients or parts list.
Psalm 33 teaches creation ex nihilo by divine fiat, “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth…For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Psa 33.6–9).
Genesis 1 and 2 shows precisely what God did. God spoke and things were. Genesis 1.3 in a short and simple sentence, reveals unimaginable power, “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light (Gen 1.3) Genesis 1.9 makes another powerful declaration of the omnipotence of God, “Then God said, ‘Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear’; and it was so” (Gen 1.9).
Acknowledging God’s Creatorship (Rev 4.8–11)
When the four living creatures in heaven declare the holiness of God, the twenty-four elders fall down before the throne of God, casting their crowns before Him, and worship, saying, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Rev 4.11).
Acknowledging God’s creatorship helps us to understand His power. He created all things out of nothing by the mere command of His word!
So, can He work in my life? Yes, but things do not always happen as I wish. That does not mean He does not work in my life. It means He who knows how to create, knows how to run my life. So then, God allows things to be as they are for some purpose.
Isaiah 40.12–31 explains that God will give us strength when He knows to give it. He who measures the waters and the heavens, who calculates the dust, and weighs the mountains (v. 12), cannot learn anything from us (vv. 13, 14). The nations are just a drop in a bucket to Him (vv. 15–17). He sits above the earth (vv. 18–23), controlling nature (v. 24). Therefore, He is incomparable (vv. 25, 26). Why then say He cannot help us? (vv. 27, 28) Isaiah explained that God gives strength to those who need it (vv. 29–31), “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength (v. 29).
Acknowledging God’s creatorship helps us understand His right to our obedience. Second Kings 5.9–14 shows that Naaman did not understand this initially. He had preconceived ideas on how God should work.
Do we think there is something wrong with a command of God? The problem is not the command, nor is it God. The problem is that we have not yet understood the Creatorship of God.
Acknowledging God’s creatorship helps us understand His right to our worship. God commanding us to worship Him is as healthy as parents teaching thanks to their children.
Psalm 29 starts out saying, “Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psa 29.1, 2).
Then the psalm shows that we should worship Him because:
- vv. 3, 4 His voice controls the waters
- vv. 5–7 His voice splits cedars and fire
- vv. 8, 9 His voice shakes creation
- vv. 10, 11 As King He strengthens and blesses
Who then thinks we should not worship Him?
Do you know God and know who He is? If you answer yes, you know that He is your everything. If you answer no, consider creation and consider the Scriptures. As it is written in Psalm 46, be still and know that He is God.
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
Will He be exalted in your heart? Will He be exalted in your life? He wants you to join Him in heaven after you die and you can do that by becoming one of His children.