Today’s Reading: Revelation 14-16
Today’s Reflection: Revelation 14:7
And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
In Revelation chapter 14, three angels deliver messages to the earth. The first instructs people to fear and give glory to God, and it even gives criteria by which to identify who this God is. He is the one ‘who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water’.
The first thing God tells us about Himself in Genesis is that He is the creator. The one responsible for the world and everything in it, including all life. Through the bible writer Moses, God gives us a description of how He created the world in 6 days, resting on the seventh and making that day a holy day of rest (Genesis 1-2:3). The Word continues on to tell us that God doesn’t just leave us on our own, but He Himself sustains us (Psalms 23; Acts 17:28). He also is our re-creator, restoring us from sin and death to righteousness and eternal life. God makes us new creatures through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
So God is creator and makes it clear that everything in the world is His (Psalm 24:1-2; Psalm 50:10-11). But ever since the fall of man, God’s authority and role as creator has been challenged. In the past philosophers have attempted to eliminate the need for God; in more recent years the growth of the humanist atheist movement, armed with scientific theories like Darwinian evolution have attempted to wipe God out altogether. These atheists would replace faith in an all-powerful God with reason and that which we can evaluate with our own senses. However these people struggle to explain irrational concepts like self-sacrifice and charity as well as the existence of morality, even as new discoveries (like irreducible complexity—look it up) cast increasing doubt about Darwin’s 19th century ideas.
In the end the call still comes to us to worship. And we all do worship something. We make something the centre of our lives and the focus that directs all of our efforts in life. It may be our jobs, our spouses or significant others, our children, our possessions, our celebrities, our nation, our leaders, even ourselves. And if we worship the wrong thing it will lead us to disappointment and ultimately to our destruction—and possibly the destruction of our object of worship as well (Judges 2:17). But today’s text tells us we are to search out and find the one who made the earth and everything in it and direct our worship to Him and to Him alone. God the creator: only He is worthy.
Revelation 4:11 – “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”