In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep… (Genesis 1:1-2 NASB) But what if God had stopped there, what if we lived in a dark and formless world?
God could have left the earth formless, void, and dark. But instead He choose to create an environment that is filled with constantly changing shapes, colors, textures, and so much more. Genesis chapter 1 concludes by telling us that everything God created was not only good, but it was “very good.” He didn’t skimp, He didn’t give half measures. He created an environment for us that was very good! And, even though what we experience today has been defiled by sin and the consequences thereof, it is still quite an amazingly awesome world.
One of the blessings of living in Norway is the natural beauty that is everywhere. No matter where I look, I see either the sea, a crystal clear lake or fjord, or a mountain. For someone like me who enjoys the outdoors, this is a perfect place to call home. But even in the short time that I have lived here I find myself getting caught in two different traps. One is taking the beauty for granted, the other is enjoying the creation without acknowledging the Creator. I believe that God has revealed His glory to us through creation in order that He might receive glory from us. But the only way He receives that glory is for us to acknowledge and worship Him and to encourage others to do the same.
Whether we look at the deserts, the skies, or the jungles, there is always a natural beauty that should cause us to admire it and to praise the Creator for it. The Bible tell us in Job 36:24 “Remember that you should exalt His work, Of which men have sung… (NASB)
Dear friend, I believe that enjoying the creation without worshiping the Creator is an offense against God because it robs God of the glory He deserves. And, no matter where you are there is plenty of God’s beautiful creation around you to remind you of His awesomeness, His supremacy, and His unequalled power. Won’t you take a moment to praise God and worship Him because of who He is and what He has done?