The Upper Room devotional reflection for Monday, August 1, 2022 comes to us from John D. Brown of Minnesota
1 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. 2 Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? 5 You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. 6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, 8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 9 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1-9 NIV
“God the Creator”
The immense scope and minute detail of creation convinces me that there is a God. I read that if the distance between the Earth and the Sun were the thickness of one piece of paper, the distance across our galaxy would be a stack of paper 310 miles high! And then there’s the intricacy of the human body: the length of all our blood vessels laid end to end is over 60,000 miles, and the eye is made up of more than two million moving parts!
Science continues to try to explain the how of creation, and it’s interesting to hear the various theories. But more important to me than the how is the why. We get a straight-forward answer to that when we read the Bible. God created this world to display God’s glory. And then, in an embodiment of love, God created us in an image of the divine and gave us life so that we could enjoy creation and worship our Creator. What a gift it is to take pleasure in the breathtaking beauty of God’s creation! It’s a reminder to take time out of our busy schedules to simply reflect on our remarkable world and worship the Almighty who created it.
Truly, the totality of God’s creation is beyond human ability to comprehend, and yet we manage to see and feel blessed by being surrounded with this beautiful environment. Our world displays the image of God to us every day. We always walk with God in our world. Thus, God is always with us, loving us and caring for us – no matter what!!
I invite you to take some time to be out in God’s creation and feel that God’s loving care is for you and everyone else every day.
Heavenly Creator, thank you for the love you express in creation’s beauty and for allowing us to be part of it. May we bring honor and glory to you. Amen.
--John D. Brown
Caretakers of Creation
Thought for the Day:
How do I experience God in creation?
You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.
Revelation 4:11 (NIV)