Today's Bible reading: Psalm 104
The story of creation should lead us to praise God … to wonder at His marvelous works. This is the reaction found in our Bible reading for this today, which expresses awe and adoration of God for what He has done. To argue about individual details in the stories of creation is to run the risk of missing the point to which they want to lead us: thankful praise … which brings up another important biblical theme: gratitude. Our lives as Christians are to be lived out as lives of gratitude. God does things – He acts … He creates … He provides – and we re-act and respond by saying: thank you. Gratitude.
And it is not just a matter of simply looking back into the past to see what God did “once upon a time.” As Martin Luther explains in his explanation of the first article of the creed, the truth of creation means that our loving God “still preserves” His world. He hasn’t wound up the universe like a clock and put it on the shelf to look after itself; He watches over it … and sustains it … and is involved in it.
Even more wonderfully – He looks after you and me. Again, the explanation of first article of the creed says it so well: “I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me and my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life. He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil. All this he does only either fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey him. This is most certainly true.” Jesus goes so far as to say that God even is concerned about the sparrows and lilies … about the hairs on your head. God cares for His creation … and is intimately involved in it.
Prayer: Lord, we make the bold confession that You in Your wisdom made the earth and all its creatures and continue to sustain it. Praise the Lord. Amen