I heard someone say God speaks and things come into being. They used Psalm 33:6, “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.” It is a beautiful text written in marvelous poetic style. As the person went on, he inferred that God was some kind of magician, who merely spoke and the worlds were made. Albert Einstein once said, “God is a scientist not a magician.” Einstein and Jeremiah shared a similar thought. Jeremiah wrote in 10:12, “God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.”
God does not casually sprinkle magic dust nor does He speak secret cryptic combinations of words to bring about order and life. Our world and we are the product of His thoughts. The complexity of our environment and the wonder of our eyes, minds and hands are the fruit of careful design. When He announced that He was going to make creatures in His own image He had pondered every aspect of our being and spared no detail that would keep us from continual growth. He was, is, will be ever giving. He is not parsimonious but prodigal with His gifts. Each gift is specifically designed to be beneficial.
He said to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah was no more special than you or me. God has plans for us far beyond our dreams. We are not an accident nor are we an act of magic. We are specially designed for special tasks. We are the wisdom of His thoughts.
Written by Roger Bothwell on January 10, 2013
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