As I have indicated before, I’m reading through the Bible again this year. Right now I’m reading the Book of Isaiah. As I have been going through this prophet’s writings I have noticed a recurring trend. Over and over again Isaiah goes out of his way to emphasize that Israel’s God is the Creator God.
In Isaiah 42:5 we read, “This is what God the Lord says—he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people and life to those who walk on it.” Isaiah 45:18 adds, “For this is what the Lord says—he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited.”
Time and time again when God speaks He is introduced as the Creator of the world. There are likely many reasons this is so. For one, Israel seems to have forgotten the greatness of God. He had become for them just one of many gods. It was important for God to emphasize His supremacy so He says to His doubting people, “It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts.” (45:12) Israel’s God was not just any god, He was the Maker of heaven and earth.
Affirming God as Creator remains important. As we observe the beauty, majesty and power of nature God wants us to remember that He is the source of all we see. He is someone who both desires and deserves our devotion. His Creation is placed before us so that we will be reminded daily of His power and presence. It is there so that we might hear Him say, “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.” (Is. 45:22) Isaiah believed that affirming God as Creator ought to make a difference in one’s life. I do too.
(The image above was taken at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado.)