In a series on The Names of God, last week I preached on Elohim, the strong one, who created the world. I used an illustration of our recent boat excursion on the Pacific Ocean to describe his creativity. We saw blue whales the size of two school buses and a pod of bottlenose dolphins jumping and playing in the wake of our boat. Not only did God speak them into existence, but he demonstrated creativity in the process.
In his book, Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation, Professor D. A. Carson describes God’s creative powers in this way.
What would you have chosen to describe God’s power? When you think of God’s sovereignty, to what does your mind turn? I confess I am inclined to think of God’s power in creation. He speaks, and worlds leap into being. He designs the water molecule, with its remarkable atomic structure that ensures greater density is achieved at four degrees centigrade than at the freezing point, so that lakes and rivers freeze not from the bottom up but from the top down, providing a blanket of ice with water underneath so that fish can survive. I think of God calculating the mathematics of quarks with half-lives in billionths of a second. I think of God designing each star and upholding the universe by his powerful word. I think of the pleasure he takes in the woodpecker, with its specially designed tail feathers that enable it to peck with such force. I marvel at a God who creates emus and cheetahs and the duck-billed platypus. He power extends beyond the limits of our imagination.
What a great description of God’s power and his creative genius and abilities! His power and glory is on display all around us. All we have to do is open our eyes and look.