OK … OK … not just “think about” but also feel.
For as long as I can remember I’ve always realized that winter here in the United States meant it was summer in Brazil or Argentina. Over the years I simply never bothered to apply that to the other seasons of the year; fall here is spring there, and so on. Big deal, right?
Simply put, it is a big deal! We have seasons because the earth rotates on an axis that is tilted about 23 degrees from vertical. Living here in Savannah, Georgia, the summers can get pretty warm. The folks who live in northern Alaska experience some serious cold during the winter. If the earth’s orbit was a little closer to the sun or a little farther away our planet would be a far less comfortable home
Isaiah 45:18 “For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens (He is God!), Who formed the earth and made it (He established it; He did not create it empty, He formed it to be inhabited!); ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other.’”
My guess is that you’ve thought about the precise harmony that shows up throughout creation. The solar system works the way it does because God made it to work the way it does. Electrons orbit the nucleus of an atom because God made it that way.
When the activity we read about in the first chapter of Genesis was just getting started, when the very first second of time itself clicked by to the next second, your loving Heavenly Father already knew your name. At that very moment our Triune God knew every single detail there has been and everything that is yet to become known. He knew your name and my name and all the stuff folded in every moment of my life and your life – and He loved us still.
God’s love has always been the center of His creative work. God’s love is the reason our Lord went to the cross for our sins. God’s love is the reason you and I were blessed by the Holy Spirit in the waters of baptism.
PS: Looking up the phrase “God Created” brings seventeen Bible references to light. Five are in Genesis (1:1, 1:21, 1:27, 2:4 and 5:1). Deuteronomy 4:32, Isaiah 42:5 (in addition to the one seen above), Ezekiel 28:13, Malachi 2:10, Mark 13:19, three in Ephesians (2:10, 3:9, 4:24) 1st Timothy 4:3, Hebrews 11:3 and Revelation 4:11.
-Meet Pastor Rod-
Pastor Rod, a life-long Lutheran, graduated from the University of Minnesota and Concordia Theological Seminary.
As a ‘retired Pastor’, Rod stays busy serving local pulpits, leading worship in Senior resident facilities, and writing for the blog.
Pastor Rod lives in Savannah with his wife Deb along with their four- legged furry children (their doggies of course).
With Deb, Pastor Rod especially loves to travel spending time with children & grandchildren.
But most notably, Pastor Rod looks great in a hat!