A Single Creator

January 19, 2023
Photo: Artisan wood carver working.

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I have had a lot of time this last few months to sit and do some deep pondering on things I would not typically consider. Last night as I lay to sleep, I found my mind wandering into an exploration of creation. It was not an exploration of the act of creation or how creation commenced but the ownership of it. My pondering led me to consider that there is only one creator of everything. It might seem like a no-brainer conclusion because we know from the first four words of the bible located in Genesis 1:1In the beginning God created…” but what I’m talking about goes down a bit deeper in the concept that none of us (humanity) are capable of creating anything. I know you are likely scratching your head again. A wood carver may create beautiful sculptures, or an artist can create a fantastic painting. Well, neither of these two examples creates anything. Instead, they make art and sculpture from creation.

The wood carver did not create the wood he carved; God did. The wood carver just manipulated what was created and made a sculpture. I’m sure you get the concept, so I will spare you the breakdown for the artist’s supplies and object reference. It is a testament to the grand design that everything around us returns to God. Things can be [man] made, but nothing can be [man] created. I challenge your mind to consider everything you can imagine in our known universe to find something that [man] has created that can not be connected back to God’s creation. It’s impossible because God created the very building blocks of life and matter.

18 “What good is an idol carved by man,

or a cast image that deceives you?

How foolish to trust in your own creation—

a god that can’t even talk!

19 What sorrow awaits you who say to wooden idols,

‘Wake up and save us!’

To speechless stone images you say,

‘Rise up and teach us!’

Can an idol tell you what to do?

They may be overlaid with gold and silver,

but they are lifeless inside.

20 But the LORD is in his holy Temple.

Let all the earth be silent before him.”

Habakkuk 2:18-20 (NLT)

Of course, we can always get into the whole big bang theory concept, but even an explosion needs to have a lit fuse. I love science, and I always have. But science is not a means to discount God from our world; in fact, the deeper you go into the sciences, I believe it just brings light to the magnificent complexity of God and creation.

1 The LORD is king! He is robed in majesty.

Indeed, the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength.

The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.

2 Your throne, O LORD, has stood from time immemorial.

You yourself are from the everlasting past.

3 The floods have risen up, O LORD.

The floods have roared like thunder;

the floods have lifted their pounding waves.

4 But mightier than the violent raging of the seas,

mightier than the breakers on the shore—

the LORD above is mightier than these!

5 Your royal laws cannot be changed.

Your reign, O LORD, is holy forever and ever.

Psalms 93 (NLT)

Evil will use every influence it can to discredit God. Either through [man’s] law or science, evil will consistently work to find an angle to exploit. Though it may present a compelling argument at times, the fact always remains in the ownership of creation itself. Satan, like [man], can not create anything. Satan can only manipulate and carve what was already created. If we focus on the ownership of creation, evil can not hold any influence over us. The Apostle Paul said it best in Romans Chapter 8,

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)

Rev. Steven D. Hofmeister
Rev. Steven D. HofmeisterFounder, Senior Pastor, & President
Diakonos Independent Ministries of Maryland