"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."
-- Hebrews 11: 3
At any time of the year, but especially during the summer, it is amazing to see the vast variety of God's creation.
From fish to birds to mammals, on land or sea, the numbers of living creatures are incredible. Plants display their colors and fragrances in great abundance.
Let's see, the mnemonic for organizing plants and animals was "Kings play chess on Fiberglas stools" or "Kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species." Anyway, there is a bunch of them and they all show God's creative power.
Furthermore, the Scripture tells us that creation continues as it should because God upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). This is the word that was spoken in the Genesis account, "And God said ..."
Thankfully, creation is not only an old story from the beginning, but is evidenced by what God can do with man now. Convicted by God after a terrible sin he had committed, King David prayed, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10
Jesus made this powerful statement, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32
The creative power of his word is able to make people live in liberty from sin and in victory over the devil's deceit. This powerful word is to continually do an effectual work in the lives of believers (I Thessalonians 2:13).
Indeed, new life that follows the new birth is God's plan for man.
The apostle Paul wrote, "Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." II Corinthians 5:17
While man can make a mess of his life, if he turns to the Lord, there are answers.
Jesus gave us his redemptive name and regenerative Spirit (Acts 2:38), so that we could find freedom from the failures of the past and a new life in him.
Our confidence can be that of the psalmist in Psalm 124:8, "Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth." Surely with creation in his resume, God is able to help us with our needs.
Mitch Glover is the pastor of the Sterling United Pentecostal Church at Swanson River Road and Entrada. Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m.
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