Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable. (Isaiah 40:28)
When I think of God as Creator, I am reminded that He knows and understands. Because God created me, He understands me. He knows how I function, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
He not only knows me, He knows all of His Creation. From the smallest sub-atomic particle to the farthest galaxies, He not only knows the intricacies of how all things are constructed, but He designed the laws that govern their movements, their interactions, and their limitations.
Because He is Creator, He knows how things are designed to work.
Have you ever tried to use something for a purpose it was not designed for? You know, you can’t find a screwdriver so you grab a butter knife… and it works… more or less. Sometimes, using things in a manner they were not designed for can be like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Sometimes the results are less than satisfying. Sometimes the results are downright awful. When we act in ways that are contrary to Biblical counsel, we experience similar outcomes.
I have come to realize that God never gives arbitrary commands. When I read the promises, commands, and precepts of the Bible, I realize that God doesn’t tell me to do things a certain way because He is demanding and controlling. On the contrary, He is patient, compassionate and merciful. Rather, I have learned that He wants me to know and understand how things work, how He has designed His Creation in ways that are congruent with His nature. When I work with His design, rather than fighting against it, things generally go more smoothly. Especially with things like relationships.
Of course, that doesn’t mean everything always goes smoothly. Creation has been corrupted by sin and sin affects not only people, but all of Creation. Until the time comes for the full redemption and renewal of Creation (Rom. 8:22-23, Rev. 21:1), we find ourselves dealing daily with the effects of sin – in ourselves, in other people, and in the world around us.
Creating is not just something God did once upon a time: creativity is an important facet of His character. He is creative. He doesn’t always do the same things in the same way as He has done in the past. Speaking through the prophet Isaiah, the Lord said,
“Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19
We humans often want God to do something for us that we have seen Him do for someone else. We read in the Bible of things He has done or hear amazing stories of answered prayer and we plead with God to do the same thing in our lives. But often, He doesn’t. Or if He does, He doesn’t do it in the way we expect. Have you ever had it happen this way to you?
Perhaps it is because He wants to do something new, something different, something that you would want if you could see and understand all that He sees. Have you ever prayed and asked God to exercise His creative nature in your situation? I wonder what He might do…
From the series: Nature of God