God’s Heart: Creation

God’s Heart: Creation

 

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I feel like the church tends to look at creation, including people, starting with the fall.

They tend to think, creation was good, but after the fall, all the goodness is gone. 

I believe the heart of God is evident, when we start where God starts… 

With His personal creation of what is good. All creation exists by His breath and His will, and we are all made to reflect Him in some way. 

I feel like it is giving glory to us or the devil by saying that our sin has changed more than it has. Don’t get me wrong, it’s changed a lot! 

What it has done mainly, is separated us from our Maker. Which is, naturally, death. Spiritual and physical and eternal death. A curse upon us and the world.

But is easy for us, in trying to be humble and focus on how much we need God, to focus too much, and give too much power to ourselves in our fallen state. 

Fallen as we are, it has not made us a creation of anyone else. David sings that he is knit together in his mother’s womb by God. He marvels at the innumerable thought God has for Him, and that God would even have thoughts for man at all.

The entire Bible, the entire history of creation, is glorifying the works of God, despite us and for us. 

Even the fall has not daunted Him nor does it keep us from our maker, thanks to our Maker. 

Personally, I think it is wrong to consider sin to be the only thing that should humble us before God. Consider Job, the most righteous man, who God rebuked. Elijah, who was caught up to God in a flaming chariot, lamented that he was a man of unclean lips. 

It is really our essence, our entire being, which passes away at a glimpse, at a voice, which cannot comprehend who God is. 

We are the creation. Our only worth is what He gives and is not in us alone. We were always hopeless without God, because He is our essence. And now, He is not only our essence, He is also our Savior. 

Our worth is shown by our creator. He is still creating us. He has died for us.

It’s humbling to even say these things. 

That God would die for us. 

But His love has been poured out on us from creation. Simply because we are the work of His hands. 

No matter how corrupt we are, we still glorify God in one way or another, just by existing. 

Isaiah 6:3 says,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.” 

There is still goodness in Creation. For that matter, there is still innocence and morality.

But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Luke 18:16-17

Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.
Romans 2:14-15

we, as God’s creation, have His image and his Law in us. Our own morality cannot save us, but it does bring glory to God. Creation itself is still beautiful and life giving. It still glorifies God in its endless intricacy, beauty, and power.  It is still an enjoyment. 

Sin has corrupted creation, but neither sin nor the Devil can make us anything but God’s creation. 

It is the intimacy with God that was lost at the fall. I do not believe Adam and Eve were perfect then either, but simply innocent. Then, when they ate the fruit, innocence was lost and they knew evil. 

Jesus is the only perfect One. Born innocent, learning obedience, and living every day in perfection for the creation He loves. 

The heart of God for His creation has never been to abandon it, but to restore it and to make it even greater. 

I think it helps me most to remember that creation is ultimately a gift from a perfect Father to His perfect Son. One that the Father and the Son have both created together, putting Their own beauty and life and Spirit into it. 

God is intimate with His creation. He takes us from innocent children in the garden, who walk and talk with Him, to sharing His own Spirit, walking with Him, not in flesh, but in essence. In oneness. He gave His Son to be one of His creation.

He has bound us all together, creation and mankind, so that we may all be made new in His Son.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
Romans 8:18-21 

But this is not something we have to wait for, except in body. From Enoch, who walked with God and then was taken to heaven, to the entire New Testament of believers, we see that this newness and intimacy in the Spirit is something we can live in and overcome in.

The intimacy with God is how He begins to mold and teach us. He is the one who makes us new, just as He is the one who made us live. 

God’s heart for His creation is that it work as intended and bring Him glory. That His beauty and love be in everything. This is why He has always held love above all else. 

The One who is Love has created everything, and put His love into everything He made. Selfless love is the way of our Creator and He selflessly loves His creation. 

He is slow to anger, and has given everything so we may be restored to Him.

We are a good creation, shown to be weak in itself, made perfect in its Creator. A perfect reward for the Son He loves. 

Kara J ❤️

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