This past week I was at the church Saturday morning for a meeting. Around 11 AM, when the meeting was breaking up, Russ, one of our elders entered the church carrying large box. In the box was a mixer, some bowls, and ingredients for a project. There were eggs, milk, coconut flakes, and saltine crackers.
I knew quickly what Russ was up to. He was going to use the church kitchen to make Cracker Pudding. That’s right, you heard correctly, Cracker Pudding. Cracker Pudding is a Carroll County favorite. Locals to this area love it. Since I did not grow up here, I have had to warm to the idea of pudding made with crackers and coconut. But I can report that it is good. Unique but good.
But Russ was doing something else as he created his pudding. Russ was living out the image of God. Everyone is created in the image of God. And so all of us live out or bear His image. We model certain characteristics of God as we live life.
One thing we know about God is that He is the creator. And from that, we can conclude that God is creative. Since God is creative we are creative too. Whether it is baking or gardening, painting or knitting. Maybe you have a knack to organize a file cabinet, or you can tell a good story. Whatever! You are creative because God is creative.
And that is what I want you to know about God today. God is creative and because of God, we are creative too.
Last week we started a new series, Getting to Know God. In the first episode, we learned that God is holy and He makes His children holy too.
Today we will see the creative side of God. And one thing I want you to know is that all people are creative because God is creative.
So let us begin at Genesis 1:1-5
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
One the first day God created time and matter. Before Genesis 1:1 only God existed.
In verses, 3-5 God creates light and divides it from the darkness. With the creation of light and dividing it from darkness, God created time.
On the second day, God created the atmosphere.
On the third day, God created the seas and the continents.
Look at Genesis 1:9- 13
Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.
And on the fourth day, God created the sun, the moon, and the stars. And on the On the fifth and sixth days, God created all marine life and He created the animals.
And of course on the sixth day God created man, male and female He created and He created mankind in His image. Listen to part of Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…”
We will talk more about the image in the next episode but understand this. We are creative because God is creative.
When we knit, or write poetry, or make cracker pudding, we are living out the image of God given by God to us.
Here is a question that needs to be considered. What can we learn about God through looking at His creation?
I heard somewhere that there are 800,000 species of beetle. What does that tell us about creator God?
Another question, What attributes of God do we see in His creation? Omnipotence all powerful, Omniscience all knowledgeable.
This week take five minutes and read Psalm 19. This Psalm, Psalm 19, describes the two revelations of God – Nature and God’s Bible.
God communicates to us through both. As you read Psalm 19 I want you to learn one thing from it. Both the creation and the Bible declare the glory of God. It reveals His attributes.
And when you finish Psalm 19 flip over to Romans 1:20
Romans 1:20 says,
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…”
You see. When we look up at the stars we know there is a God who created them. We know it in our hearts. When we stand at the edge of the Grand Canyon or look up at the Austrian Alps, we know deep down inside that God created these things. All of us are without excuse.
God has revealed Himself to every one of us. So stop denying God. Stop pretending there is no God. Rather call out to God, right now, wherever you are, and ask Him to save you. Denying God is a terrible sin, especially when you know that He is for real. The only way you can be forgiven of that sin is to ask His Son Jesus to save you.
The Bible says in Acts 16:31 “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and though shalt be saved.”
When should you do that? You should do it right now. Believe that Jesus is God the Son. Believe that He died for your sins. Turn from your sin and believe on Him. You are without excuse, my friend. You know that God is real. The creation proves that. So stop running from God and start believing on Him.
Thanks for listening to Faith in the Valley. Below, I have a link to Russ’s Cracker Pudding recipe. It’s a one-page PDF of the recipe. Also, check out Denee’s Doodle from last Sunday’s message. I think it’s great! Put your thinking cap on and try to figure it out.
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