Genesis 2:4-9, Psalm 8, John 1:1-5
We are marvelously creative in the ways we take the Lord’s name in vain.
Inflection depends on what decade you were a teenager.
As many times as I’ve said it, I wonder how many times I meant it literally.
When was the last time that something caused you to turn into your soul and call for God?
Series intro…5 Things that God does, actively, in our lives, whether we realize it or not…God creates, God helps, God loves, God calms, God sends…I’m going to try to keep it basic…Today: God creates.
If you haven’t thought much about God in a while (maybe since last Sunday!), I’ll give you someone to blame! It goes back to the Enlightenment. There was a time, roughly around the time our country was founded that people had gotten really really smart. Science had finally become its own pursuit, and humans figured out a whole bunch of stuff that they had never previously understood.
But, as often happens when we make great progress, we got a little too big for our britches. A lot of folks thought we had outgrown our relationship with God. The problem wasn’t really that they didn’t believe in God — the problem was that they did believe in God, but they believed that God fit into their new view of the world.
God’s like a really amazing math equation. You respect it, you know it’s out there, but you never really have to think about it.
If that works for you — go for it. But it doesn’t really work for me.
God creates. And creates.
- two different creation accounts
- God is never really done creating.
- making the same mistake as our Enlightenment friends
- evolution seems consistent with a God who loves to keep creating
In the beginning was the Word.
And the Word continues sharing ‘life and light’ with all people. Creation is not over.
God likes to share the act of creation with others.
First human got to name all these animals.
All of us were born, (but you might not remember it.) But if you have been in the room when a baby is born, the whole place becomes holy ground.
- ongoing creation is a holy thing
- the kind of thing to make you say, OMG
Your parents chose a name for you. They partnered with God to help create you, and you get to partner with God to create, too. (Not necessarily babies, but all kinds of wonderful things that God delights in.)
God didn’t create us and then abandon us. God just loves to share creating with us.
The thing I mean can be seen, for instance, in children, when they find some game or joke that they specially enjoy. A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony.
It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we. The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore.
God delights in the rising and setting of the sun, and all of creation like a child. God takes wonder in the world. God takes wonder in us.
Sometimes, when we get too big for our britches, it’s good to be reminded. When we start to believe or fear we’ve outgrown our relationship with God, it’s good to be reminded. When we say ‘OMG’ without even thinking about what the ‘G’ stands for, it’s good to be reminded:
God creates. And still creates. God can partner with you to be a new creation. 2 Corinthians says, ‘if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation.’
Even when it seems that God isn’t really part of the equation anymore, God is ready to create. Telling the Sun to rise each morning; ‘Do it again,’ God says. Telling each of us to rise each morning; ‘Do it again,’ God says.
Maybe it’s just human nature that we lose sight of the wonder and delight in life. But this I know, God never stops delighting in us.