Summary: We all need God’s creative power in our lives if we are to be what God wants us to be.
GOD’S POWER OF CREATION
(Parts of this sermon are based upon a sermon that I read but I do not know the name of the author.)
Genesis chapter 1:1-31
Genesis 1:1-2, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."
I love the first chapter of Genesis. In that chapter we see the glory, majesty, love and creative power of Almighty God as he speaks the world into existence and sheds the light of his glory throughout the universe, then descends to the dust of the earth to form man in his own image, then shows his ultimate love and his desire for a creation that would worship him of its own free will by breathing life into the body of man.
I don’t see anywhere in the Word of God that says that God is still creating new planets or stars or new animal species. He has completed his work and then sat back and enjoyed when he has done because it was good in his sight.
Just because God is not creating the universe in an ongoing fashion does not mean that he is not still always active! God speaks today and miracles happen. God has his eyes upon the “apple of his eye” and he is ever watching over his people, meeting their every need and upholding them with the palm of his hand.
So as we look together at Genesis 1 at the very foundation of the world; I want you to see that the same, unchanging God who spoke the worlds into existence, and created all things by the power of his Word and Spirit, still wants to move by His power in your life today, and create something in you, and of you, that will bring him glory.
I want to begin by teaching you a simple lesson in Physics that I learned while I attended the university many years ago. Don’t get too impressed with the fact that I went to a university because I didn’t stay for long. My grades went from a low C to a high D in just 3 semesters and then Uncle Sam decided that I needed to take a few years off and sent me on an extended vacation to Southeast Asia.
Since I had begun a course in Mechanical Engineering at that time, I did have to take some pretty interesting classes. Physics was one of those interesting classes. I don’t remember much of those days in class but this example is one thing that I do remember. I remember the 3 basic Laws of Thermodynamics.
Lest I bore you to death with a lot of needless detail, let me borrow a few simplified definitions of these 3 laws:
1. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed only changed. In other words, you cannot win (that is, you cannot get something for nothing because we don’t have the creative power of God to make something out of nothing. Something must give in order to get anything else. Stated another way – there is no free lunch.)
2. You cannot break even (once you begin you cannot return to the same place where you were, because there is always a change, such as an increase in disorder; and the march toward chaos has begun. Stated another way – there is no going back to the way things used to be).
3. Everything slows down as temperature approaches zero. In other words, you can’t get out of the game of life because you can never reach a point where it won’t matter whether you live or die. Stated another way – no matter how hard you try, or how long you work at it, you can never be completely perfect.)
To begin I want us to look at something that has to do with the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. It’s the 2nd Law that says, basically, that if anything that has order to it is left alone, without any force or influence being applied to it, it will not “improve” but rather it must move closer to disorder and then to chaos.
How can you see that law of physics working in your every day life? It’s simple to see it in action. Your car rusts, your clothes wear out, your house will eventually crumble. Everything in life tends to degenerate over time, not get better.
I wish my Chevy truck could continue to improve to become a Hummer. I wish my 30 year old + house could be evolving into a new, updated and better house. But without my work and investment in time and money it is highly unlikely that any of that will come to pass.