by Debbie Wilson
I stepped onto my front porch and spotted a huge spider web. I grabbed my broom and stomped back ready to remove the offensive visitor when my son stopped me. “Mom, what are you doing? Stop. Sit and watch the spider with me.”
Was he kidding? I could tell he wasn’t. I put down my broom and sat to watch the spider with him.
My son was right. The spider’s patience and skill at weaving a complicated design was marvelous to watch. Who taught a spider to measure and create such intricate lace?
In the book Tortured for Christ, Romanian pastor Richard Wurmbrand describes a Russian couple he met. Living under communism, they learned there was no God. But the wonder of creation began to make them question the possibility of a creator.
Both were sculptors who worked on a statue of Stalin. One day, the wife began to ponder the importance of her thumb. She concluded that if God had not created heaven and earth, as Marxism taught, but had created only the thumb, He was worthy of praise. Since the communist said nobody was in heaven, she decided to worship the “Nobody” who’d created the thumb.
Upon hearing her story, Wurmbrand introduced them to the One who’d made not only the thumb but also heaven and earth. Learning Christ’s name thrilled them. Learning the Creator of the Milky Way loved them so much He had died for them, so they could one day join Him in heaven gave them unspeakable joy.
Worshipping the Creator
Believing God created the world is essential to strong biblical faith. It also puts us in the company of those commended for their faith and impacts the quality of our everyday relationship with God.
“By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen” (Hebrews 11:3 NLT).
Although it takes faith to understand that God formed the universe by simply speaking, the visible world points to a creator. No one stumbles upon a cabin in the woods, smells bacon wafting from an open window, and doubts human involvement. The miracle of birth, of daffodils bursting forth after the dead of winter, of an eagle teaching her young to fly all reveal intelligent design.
“What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Rom. 1:19–20 NIV).
If we doubt God created the world, then what hope do we have that he can handle our trials? How can we trust his promises if the Bible got this wrong? But, if he made the universe by speaking, then nothing is too difficult for him.
The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You” (Jeremiah 32:17 nasb).
No matter what we face, the creation that surrounds us reminds us God is near and powerful. When we can’t fathom how our prayers will be answered, creation whispers, “Remember your Creator.”
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:15-17 NIV).
Adapted from Little Faith, Big God, (Leafwood Publishers)
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About the author: Drawing from her walk with Christ, and years as a Christian counselor, coach, and Bible teacher, Debbie W. Wilson helps women give themselves a break so they can enjoy fruitful and grace-filled lives. She is the author of Little Women, Big God and Give Yourself a Break. Her latest book, Little Faith, Big God, was released in February 2020.
Debbie and her husband Larry founded and run Lighthouse Ministries, a nonprofit counseling, coaching, and Bible study ministry. She is an AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) certified speaking and writing coach. Debbie enjoys a good mystery, dark chocolate, and the antics of her two standard poodles. Refresh your faith with free resources at debbieWwilson.com.
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