Is God involved with his creation?

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The thought of God not being involved in and with his creation, is a thought that is foreign to any true Christian. Anyone who has truly been born again, knows that it is because they were convicted by the Holy Spirit, that they were a sinner in need of a savior. Those who have been born again know that it is because they have put their trust in God the Sons finished work on Calvary, and have claimed Jesus as their savior. And now that salvation has taken place, by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), we are permanently indwelt by God the Holy Spirit (John 14: 16-18). How can we, who claim to be Christians, believe that God is not involved in his creation, when God the Holy Spirit dwells within us?

We know that you can search God’s word from the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation, and find that God is actively involved with his creation and over his creation. Within the pages of the inspired written word of God, we find him giving life both spiritually and physically. We find God graciously saving, leading, protecting, enabling, justifying, sanctifying, and disciplining his people.

The Gospel of Luke tells us (Acts 17:24-25) that the Apostle Paul stood in the midst of Mars Hill, and told the men of Athens “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;). Then the Apostle Paul in Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”. These Bible verses let us know that God is involved in his creation.

The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology states that “Deism contradicts orthodox Christianity by denying any direct intervention in the natural order by God. Although Deists profess belief in personal providence, they deny the Trinity, the incarnation, the divine authority of the Bible, the atonement, miracles, any particular elect people such as Israel, and any supernatural redemptive act in history”. To believe in Deism is to deny the foundation of our Christian faith.

There is not one area of life that I can think of that God is not involved with his creation, in fact, when I think about it, not only is God involved in every area of the life of his children, if allowed, he will lead and guide the life of those who belong to him. King David, the man who penned Psalm 23 states “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake”. Then Aleph writes in Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”.

I would say that my chosen vocation is that of being a Baptist pastor, but the truth is, I did not chose to be a teacher/pastor, instead, God chose me (Ephesians 4:11). There is no doubt that it would be impossible to interact by teaching and preaching God’s word to his people, if there was no assurance that he is with us, in us, and in complete control of his creation (Matthew 28:19-20). Throughout the Bible, beginning at Genesis chapter two, we find that God comes to his people using his personal name, and not his creative name (Genesis 2:4). This shows that he is not some distant cold being who has removed himself from his creation.

As I try to pastor the local body of believers, that belong to the Lord, I try to continuously study the Pastoral Epistles (1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus), in order to lead and feed God’s people. But when I think of God being involved in his creation and how this fact affects those who I preach to, Psalm 23 burns in my heart. The 23rd Psalm makes it clear that The Lord is lovingly involved is his creation.

Carrollton, May God bless you and keep you, in Jesus name, amen.

The Rev. Preston Harris is pastor of Second Baptist Church of Carrollton.