In order to build a strong sense of self and personal identity, not only do we have to know who we are, the focus of the previous page, WHO AM I REALLY? , we also need to know where we come from—our place in the big picture.
That our origins are in deliberate design rather than chance, is also displayed plainly throughout the universe.
We look at the order, symmetry, mathematical precision and design in the natural world, and it all points to a Skilled Architect. We look at the breath-taking beauty, splendour and glory in the landscape and wonder at the work of an Inspired Artist. We look at the minute detail invested in every living thing, and how everything fits together, and see evidence of an Intelligent Designer.
We ignore these things at our peril. Belief in God as Creator is not an optional extra.
Romans 1:18-32 clearly teaches that God reveals Himself through nature. And it suggests that the refusal to recognise the Lord in Creation, and give thanks to Him as Creator, unleashes consequences which have far-reaching results in society.
The last century has seen an unprecedented turning away from the belief in God as Creator, even among professing Christians. I believe this has had major consequences for the spiritual climate of our countries.
Creation reveals the nature and glory of God. If we are tuned in, it is one of the means by which we can constantly be aware of His presence around us. It teaches us about Him and His ways. Creation fills our lives with blessings if we take time to notice. And our proper response of gratitude and thanksgiving is the path to joy.
If God is Creator, then the universe belongs to Him. He has a right to determine the laws and principles on which it runs, and the consequences when those laws are broken. If He is the God of all creation, we have to respond to Him—ignoring Him is not an option.
Sadly we live in a marred world: mankind has rebelled against the Creator, and instead of stewarding the earth on behalf of our maker, we have given place instead to powers of evil, causing sickness, death and destruction to be unleashed. But if God is Creator, then He is still ultimately in charge. He is working out His plan of redemption for His wayward planet, and will have His way—this is the basis for the Gospel. And it is this which gives us hope and confidence in a dark and troubled world.
If God is Creator, not one of us came about by chance, each was divinely purposed; therefore our lives have meaning. And if God created us in His image, it means we were set apart from the animal kingdom, with the unique purpose of communing with the Almighty.
Knowing that we were created on purpose is essential to the sense of self; it’s the foundation on which self-esteem is built. And what is more, the God of all creation knows every detail about us, and loves us passionately.
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