If creation is the act of producing or causing to exist, and a miracle is an effect or event considered as a work of God, then Creation is a miracle. Creation is the Masterpiece of God. When a magician pulls a rabbit out of a hat (6:36), the audience responds with enthusiastic applause. But, when God creates the universe ex nihilo — out of nothing — the applause stops, and both scientist and theologian begin a forensic discussion of how God did not do it, how Genesis was never intended to be but a figurative story, or how God needed more time and process to accomplish such a feat.
In a book written before Genesis, God spoke to Job out of the storm, “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell Me, if you understand. Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!” (Job 38:4, 21 NIV). For the same reason, miracles are discounted today by both secular humanists and the religious alike, because one cannot see God and the other cannot see the point.
When I was younger, I mentally assented to God creating the universe, much like I accepted the concept of gravity. I didn’t have the appreciation of an Isaac Newton to understand the physics of how gravity influenced that apple. Nor could I comprehend how mathematically that could bring us into the twentieth century. No credit to me, calculus was only a requirement for graduation. I, too, agree with Albert Einstein that God does not play dice with the universe. And, I did conclude that however large our universe is or is becoming, God is the Creator of it all. “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:3 NIV).
“Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against Your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of Your hands; You put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1-9 NIV).
Confidence in God is essential to all who would please Him. “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 NIV). If the “heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1 NIV), then God is speaking to us through His Creation. Whenever anyone starts a conversation with you, would courtesy question their existence? Should we not treat God with the same level of respect we desire for ourself? Creation starts the conversation, but the Living Word of God completes it. “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 NIV). God challenges the greatest minds to comprehend Creation; but, with the goal of bringing all things into subjection to Him. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2Corinthians 10:5 NIV). Human research, investigation, science, technology, law, society, behavior, all have a high calling to attain.
You and I do not affect how great God is, but we can give God His due. “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name” (Psalm 29:2 NIV).
Now, try this.
Take nothing. Make it something.
Only God, who without faith we cannot see, could create ex nihilo.
Only God could perform the Miracle of Creation.
What better way to appreciate the Creator than this brief video (3:27) How Big Is The Universe?
“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).
Amen and amen.