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The Creator Speaks

The Greatest Story Ever Told: Act 1: Scene 1: The Creator Speaks

In his book, The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer writes, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” He continues, “Always, the most revealing thing about the Church is her idea of God.”

What comes into your mind when you think about God?

As I’ve shared previously, in order to make sense of our own life story, we need to first see how we fit into the grand story that God is writing in human history. And that story starts with God. God is the most important character of human history.

The first line of the first chapter of the bible summarizes the origin of human history, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1 shows that God makes the universe we live in out of nothing and then fills it. He makes the galaxies and fills them with planets and stars. He makes the sky and seas and fills them with birds and fish. He makes dry land and fills it with plants and animals. Finally, he makes mankind to rule over creation on His behalf.

By examining this story of creation we can see a few important principles that are foundational to our understanding of God’s story and how we fit into it.

1. God is All-Powerful and Independent of Human History.

The beginning of human history starts with an act of God. He existed before anything else. Nothing made God and nothing existed without God. He didn’t need us in order to exist. God made us and we depend on him for life. God is the cause of all human history. He is the playwright, the director, and the most essential character in the grand story of human history. He is the Creator of our world and all who dwell in it.

He isn’t bound by time or space, by the laws of physics, or by the demands of human preference. He has full autonomy and authority to do with His creation as He pleases. As created beings, we are accountable to our creator for what we do with the life we’ve been given.

How does it change your view of your own personal story to think that God is all-powerful and independent?

2. God is Active, Personal, and Knowable in Human History.

The God of the bible is a God who speaks. He is not a silent God. Every act of creation begins with some variation of, “and God said, ‘Let there be…'” He speaks to man and tells him of his purpose. He spoke to Moses to record these events for us in the Bible.

From the very beginning, God is intimately involved in the details of his creation. He speaks to it, He interacts with it, He makes changes to it, and He cares for it.

By looking at God’s creation, we see evidence of what God is like. Romans 1:19-20 explains how all humans have a chance to learn about God when it says, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” This is the doctrine of General Revelation.

God also chooses to speak supernaturally and specifically. He does this throughout human history by speaking to men and women of God (called prophets) in a variety of ways and by having the important parts of the story of recorded for us in the Bible. We call this Special Revelation.

The point is this: God reveals himself and acts in human history. He is not distant; He is knowable.

How does it change your view of your own personal story to think that God is active, personal, and knowable?

3. God’s Design is Good.

God looked at his creation and said that it was very good. He loves his creation. He loves you. He designed this world to work well and to be a blessing to humanity. Genesis 2 reveals a perfect land filled with water, food, beautiful stones, and more. It reveals a perfect relationship between God and man, between man and woman, and between man and the rest of creation.

God gives one command to Adam for a simple reason: He wants humanity to submit to his authority and to follow him because He knows that His design is best. Subscribe to the blog to see more posts, including Act 1: Scene 2: Man’s Purpose to find out about God’s wonderful design for humanity.

Featured image modified by Andrew Alesso. Source: Waiting for the Word on compfight.com via cc2.0

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

Everyone loves a good story.

Great stories have a way of drawing us in. They allow us to forget our own story for a moment by letting us dream of what life could be. They force us to think about our own story as we see ourselves in the characters. Great stories allow us to laugh at life’s problems after a hard day, but also to feel the pain of others as we see the world through their eyes. Great stories acknowledge that life isn’t always as it should be, but they also help us to feel that life is moving somewhere when things come together at the end.

What’s your favorite story?

Do you love the Disney stories of young people trying to find who they really are as they follow their heart? Are you drawn to the chance to get into the mind of the war tactician or the football coach? Maybe you enjoy fantasy tales of good and evil, magic and werewolves? Do you prefer the celebrity gossip at TMZ or the human interest pieces at salon.com? According to the box office, a whole lot of people get excited about super hero tales like Batman and Iron Man.

If you think about it, every great story follows a pretty similar formula. The intro sets the scene. Conflict and suffering enter stage left. The characters chase after some resolution with bumps along the way until things reach a climax. Then, for better or worse, things resolve and the characters accept their fate.

Storytelling is important because it’s the way we as humans express how we feel about life. I’m convinced that we love a good story of victory and conquest because, deep down, we all crave victory over the obstacles in our lives. We love stories of love and romance because, deep down, we all crave love and acceptance. We love a good comedy because we each can’t wait for our happy ending.

And not only that, but I believe that the reason we love writing, telling, reading, and watching stories is ultimately because we were made by a story-teller. God himself loves a good story. God himself wrote a good story and decided to tell that story.

The Bible presents itself as a story. The Bible claims to be the real story above and behind all stories. The Bible claims to be the true story of human history. It’s the true tale of a King and the people he wants to provide with peace and justice. It’s the true love story about a man and his wayward bride filled with regret.

The story is fairly straight forward, yet incredibly deep.

Act 1: Creation – The origin and design of the world and the purpose of mankind is revealed.
Act 2: The Fall – After mankind’s cosmic treason, sin, suffering, and shame corrupt all creation.
Act 3: Rescue – A plan to restore God’s design is set in motion and the people wait for the promised hero that will set everything right.
Act 4: Restoration – The enemy falls, the hero wins, and the people live happily ever after.

Believe it or not, in the big grand story of the Bible we find meaning to our own personal stories. We find meaning because we are truly living at the beginning of Act 4, hoping and praying for happily ever after. The answers to all of life’s big questions (Who am I? Why do bad things happen? Does my life have meaning? What happens when I die? Will I find true love? Etc.) find their answers in God’s story.

I’d like to invite you to join the story. Read along as we explore the story above and behind all our stories by subscribing in the side bar or by bookmarking the page. You just might find your own personal story changed forever.

Thanks to Alex Munney for his work on the cover art. Check out his Instagram @AlexMunney or his website.