“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” Hebrews 11:3
It is that time of year when we enjoy getting out in nature and looking at the beauty of God’s creation.
Family trips taken to national or state parks often become treasured memories. We recall the wondrous vistas from a mountain-top or even just a bluff, the grandeur of the vastness of the sea, the mysteries of a cave, or the beauty of canyon formations.
Even watching the sun set over a lake can call forth a confession of faith from the child of God who marvels at how God called all this forth with the power of His Word.
Of course, visits to publicly-run parks may also mean that we encounter the evolutionist’s view on the origins of the universe. What evolutionists see as a chance happening—that supposedly took place with countless millions of precisely accurate accidents occurring at the exactly necessary moments so that the world came into existence with all its wonders—we creationists see and know as the wonderful works of God!
The nature scenes which cause us to marvel as we make our way on our summer vacation trips are evidence of the majesty and power of God. With the power of His Word He called things as if they were—and indeed they were there in all their complexity, in all their beauty!
And so the world, the entire universe, came into being in six ordinary days, as the Bible tells us: “Then God saw all that He had made, and indeed it was very good” (Genesis 1:31).
How can we be so sure of what we know? Is it just that all the facts and scientific evidence points in this direction (surely they do, as do the laws of nature!)? Yet that is not the foundation for our certainty. For generations many have debated these issues on the basis of science and the interpretations of the physical evidence. But that is not what has convinced us of the truth of creation.
Rather, it is as the Bible says: “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God.” We simply take God at His Word. God the Holy Spirit opened our hearts to believe the truth, creating faith in our hearts to know God as our Creator and also as our Heavenly Father.
Even this faith is one of the amazing things which God has created by the power of His Word. This is as great a miracle as any God has performed, for “even when we were dead in trespasses (He) made us alive together with Christ” (Ephesians 2:5). God has made us alive by the power of His Word!
So this summer when we are out enjoying the wonders of God’s creation, let us recall God’s Word of grace as well as His Word of power.
When we are on that mountain peak or bluff top admiring the vista of God’s creation, remember also this Word of God, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).
And when we are standing of the seashore glorifying God for the beautiful sunset over the water, let us glorify His grace which assures us, “He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19).
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
6 Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.