In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
Most one year olds have an admiration for all things in nature, and mine is no different. He stops to look at the flowers, pulls on leaves, and picks up rocks and branches off the ground. He is as equally fascinated with the slug as he is with the grass. What I find him doing most these days is stop in contemplation of the sky. He looks up, and makes happy noises as he points at the sky on our morning strolls. It has become such a regular part of our routine that I have now written a little tune that we sing on our walks.
Up in the sky, sky, sky, sky
Up in the sky, sky, sky, sky
Lives our Lord.
I hope you weren’t expecting a more elaborate composition. My musical talents are rather limited.
T.’s child-like admiration of the work of God has awakened a desire to worship and exalt God in me as well. I sing the little tune with him, while looking up at the sky and marveling at the work of God’s Hands and regardless of what thoughts occupied my mind before, they are sure to dissipate.
The vastness of the sky, the breadth of the earth, the creatures that fly, crawl, walk, jump and hop point to one Creator. They are elements of God’s goodness to us. God has created nature in all majesty; and the awe of its fullness knocks on our hearts, piercing the darkness of our disbelief. Together, they tell us, there is a God. There is a Creator.
And in the beginning, He made it all. And day by day, He sustains all of creation and everything therein.
The sky has not moved friends. My son looks up at the same sky that I gazed upon as a child and that others looked up at thousands of years before me. It has remained where God ordered it in the beginning. It is not a man-made roof that can be destroyed by natural disasters, or by the actions of men.
As magnificent as the sky (and all of nature) is, they do not reflect their own splendor. Day by day, they powerfully declare one message: God alone deserves all glory.
The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Psalm 19:1
What a powerful testimony to a trustworthy God!
And the children get it. They do.
Surely we can fully rely on God and worship him for the works of His hands. We reap the benefits of His perfect work every day, whether we acknowledge it or not. We all wake up expecting the elements to do what they were created to do: be. We don’t give much thought to it in fact. We just know that the earth will be. The sun will be. The sky will be.
But, Being is only a part of their essence. They were created to be a reflection of God’s eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1:20).
God is reliable. He has the full power to do anything that He pleases and He chooses to maintain nature every day. How assuring is that?
And the same God desires to be in relationship with me. With you.
He desires to be your God and your Father, and for you to fully rely on Him.
And in Him, you will be made alive forever, and you can trust that to be true, for His faithfulness reaches to the skies.