Swirling chaos. Shapelessness. Neither rhyme or reason. No light. Darkness.
That’s where the story in Scripture begins. It ends with “a new heaven and a new earth… a holy city… and a voice from the throne saying “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man” (Revelation 21:1-3).
From Genesis’s opening darkness to Revelation’s “all things new” the central character throughout is God. Not passive or spectating, but active throughout the story. Alpha, the one from whom all things come into being. Omega, the end toward which all things are moving. Creator God.
Scripture describes the creative act as collaborative amongst the Father, Son, and Spirit. The Spirit is hovering over “the face of the waters” in Genesis 1. In John 1 Jesus is identified as the Word, the very means by which God created — from nothing.
To confess that God is the creator, is to confess that we are created. It is to admit that we our life springs from His initiation and design, not our will. In Colossians 1, Paul says of Jesus’s role in our existence, “by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him” (1:16).
Created. Created from nothing into the extraordinary something that we see in the universe around us. This is where the Psalms serve the church well. Throughout the ancient hymn book we are reminded that if God was able to take the nothingness, the darkness, the chaos and shape it into the beauty before our eyes, then what will he do for our emptiness. Or, in the words of Jesus, “if God so clothes the grass of the field…will he not much more clothe you” (Matthew 6:30).
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the starts, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
O Lord our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8)
From beginning to end, our God is a creative as the Father, Son, and Spirit. From the infinitely vast universe to the smallest particle, God's fingerprints are everywhere.
God is creator.