Nehemiah 9.6-8 – God as Creator and Lord
Posted: 29 May 2010 in Nehemiah

Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham; And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou art righteous:

The best known hymns to God as Creator are, of course, to be found in the opening chapters of Genesis. Here, however, is a reminder that creation is not just a one off event, which occurred in the immeasurably distant past, but is, rather, an ongoing process by which God seeks to guide creation towards its ultimate destiny.

This creative activity of God was, obviously, preeminently to be seen in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Nevertheless, just as creation wasn’t a one off event, it wasn’t a twofold event either, and God is still at work in the world today. Even in those areas where mankind has had a share in God’s creative activity, those accomplishments were only possible because God had gifted the individuals concerned with the necessary skills. Our responsibility is to cooperate with God, and to use our skills in the manner desired by him.

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