How Great is our God
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” (Gen. 1:1). How many of you have stopped to think recently about the fact that God (the God of Israel, the God of the Bible), made this planet? The ground that you walk around on was not always there. The ground that you walk around on was not always there. After God made the earth He gave it shape and filled it (see Gen. 1:2; formless and void). He made the sky/expanse/firmament, and He made it so the dry land appeared. He filled the earth with fish and birds, animals and insects, and most significantly with man.
– Here are some things that you may never have thought of before about God’s act of creating:
* God created light 3 days before He created the sun (Gen. 1:3; cf. 1:14-18)
* God created plant life 1 day before He created the sun (Gen. 1:11; cf. 1:14-18)
* God created fish and birds 1 day before He created animals and insects (Gen. 1:20-22; cf. 1:24-25)
* God created man on the same day He created animals and insects (Gen. 1:24-25; cf. 1:26-31)
– According to a person who believes the process of evolution explains the origins of this planet and the life that resides on it:
* the sun existed before the earth and was once a part of the sun
* plant life couldn’t exist before the sun
* fish evolved into birds
* animals evolved into man
– I once had a female co-worker say to me that it was scientifically impossible for there to be:
1) light without the sun
2) plant life without the sun
I answered her by saying, “God can do whatever He wants. Who are you to say He can’t do these things?” Really, the issue is that people who believe evolution explains the origins of life, have attempted to establish rules that limit what God (if they allow for there to be one, and the one that evolutionists allow for: an intelligent designer, has very little in common with the God of the Bible) is able to do. Evolutionists believe that God (“if there is one”) must play by their rules or the places where He doesn’t (in the Bible) aren’t true. One thing that I must say about that, God does what He pleases. He isn’t limited by people’s theories or understandings.
– God says that people decided to worship other things (Rom. 1:22-23). He says that they didn’t honor Him or give thanks to Him (1:21). How is it that people (whom God created) would reject the very God who created them to worship Him? When God created man (Adam) He gave him one command to obey. The man chose to disobey the one command and sin entered the human race (Gen. 3:6-7). At the moment the man sinned he brought about a spiritual separation between himself and God (Gen. 2:15-17). The Bible says that as a result of Adam’s sin every human being born with a human father (which would be everyone, except Jesus) is born having sin and is separated from God (Rom. 5:12, 14).
– The result of people being sinners has led them to not give God the glory (credit) He deserves. Here are some things about God that He deserves glory (credit) for:
* He led the Israelites through the wilderness with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Ex. 13:22).
* He parted the Red Sea for the Israelites to walk through on dry ground (Ex. 14:13-31).
* He helped David defeat Goliath (1 Sam. 17:31-58).
* He took Elijah to heaven in a chariot of fire (he never died – 2 Kg. 2:11-12).
* He revealed Himself to Isaiah (Isa. 6:1-7) and Ezekiel (Ezek. 1:22-28).
* He revealed how Jesus will come someday and make all things right on earth and reign as King from Jerusalem (Dan. 7:13-14).
* He sent His sinless Son Jesus to earth to take the punishment, that all people deserve for their sins, by dying on the cross (Rom. 5:8-9).
* He raised His Son Jesus from the dead 3 days later (1 Cor. 15:3-8; see Rom. 5:10).
– So one of the most important ways that you can glorify God in your life is to:
* Ask God to forgive your sins (Repentance)
* Believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose again (Savior)
* Surrender your life to Him and let Him be in charge of your life (Lord)
– If you have already surrendered your life to Jesus Christ, then God wants you to live your life for Him, with His help.
* Eph. 5:1; 4:1; 2:10