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Day 2 | How Does Trusting God as Creator Change Us?

Written by Jim Thompson

Understanding God as Creator is one of the purest invitations to intimacy with him. Knowing him as Creator gives us the framework of our purpose. And if we can behold God in all of his creative beauty and artistry, we won’t be able to help but worship him and be caught up in his love and “receive it into ourselves and even become part of it,” as C. S. Lewis says. Sadly, many of us just don’t know how to do this. So, we have to ask: How does trusting God as Creator change us?

  • God creates out of nothing.

In Revelation 4:11, it says, “You created all things and by your will they existed.” That is, God wasn’t working with pre-existent matter and doing the best he could. Rather, the created world is the result of God’s will, his desire, and his good pleasure. As the writer of Hebrews says, “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God so that what is seen was not made out of what is visible.” And this might seem like an entry level doctrine, but it means more than meets the eye.

  • God as Creator means that he is creative in what he makes. 

There is artistry to God’s creation. It’s not just that he made it all by his own will. It’s also that what he made possesses a kind of beauty that should draw us in. The glory of God in creation is meant to woo us and captivate us to the point of worship. We can see glimpses of this in Revelation 4 with the ordered praise around the throne – with all creation delighting in “God’s glory, honor, and power” (4:11). But this scene is actually the capstone of a longer subplot in the whole Bible.

  • God as Creator means that there is design and purpose in what he makes.

Not only is there beauty, but there is likewise intentionality in his creation. It should also be noted that there is order and design in the throne room scene here in Revelation 4. It’s perfectly symmetrical with the throne at the center and the twenty-four thrones encircled around the singular throne, and the four living creatures seem to be in purposeful movement around the throne. And this should be a reminder of God’s original creation design in Genesis.