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Going Deeper—God, Creator and Sustainer (with Study Guide #1b)

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Dear Readers,

The study of God and His creation is fascinating and awe-inspiring. Think about how He catered to our sensory perceptions: hot pink flamingos, pounding waves against sea cliffs, the scent of pine boughs, and the soft, silky fur of a cat.

Whether trudging through 115 degree desert heat or jogging in an Oregon downpour, we cannot escape nature. Smiles, hugs, or a compassionate touch on the arm are also part of God’s amazing creation. The variety of textures, sounds, visual delights, scents and tastes appear endless.

May the Lord wake us up to the many-layered aspects of the wonderful world He made—just for you and me!

God, Creator and Sustainer

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By Ruth Wood and Kay Smith

Imagine a grandfather who builds a toy airplane for his grandson. You’ve never met the grandfather, but the boy proudly shows you his present. What would you be able to discern about the plane’s maker, and what wouldn’t be so obvious?

Creation Speaks

In this passage we see that creation is a powerful testimony to its Maker:

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world (Psalm 19:1-4).

A hand-made object reveals certain things about the person who crafted it, but not everything. In the same way, observing God’s handiwork leaves us wanting to know more. Since nature leaves many important questions unanswered, God gave us the Bible. However, the Bible states that creation is enough of a testimony of God’s divine nature that He expects people to worship Him:

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse (Romans 1:20).

Sustaining the World

After God created the world, what then? Some believe that at creation God set everything in motion, but now He’s just a distant observer and doesn’t interfere. In other words, God sustains the universe by automation. Others believe God is still very much involved in keeping the world going, that He is a “hands on” manager of His creation. They believe He’s actively involved in every event. What do you think? Might there be ways in which your life experience or even your personality shapes your understanding of how God relates to His creation currently?

Regardless of how near or distant we perceive God’s involvement with His creation, one thing is clear—God demands our absolute, wholehearted devotion. When seeing glimpses of Him in nature, our most appropriate response is worship.

How Great Thou Art

Oh Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made.
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, my Savior, God, to Thee.
How great thou art, how great thou art.
Then sings my soul, my Savior, God, to Thee.
How great thou art, how great thou art.

©2013 Ruth Wood and Kay Smith. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Published by www.Comfort-Cafe.net. Contact info: ruthywood@gmail.com

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