God created all things by His powerful Word, and all His creation was very good; everything flourished under His loving rule.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.” (Genesis 1:1,31)
The universe has a Creator
The idolater worships created things; the atheist sees only the products of random chance. But for us, the beauty and order of the universe (including the wonders of space, the rhythms of night and day, and the seasons) bear eloquent testimony to the wisdom and artistry of its Creator (Psalm 19:1). It confronts us with the wisdom, power and majesty of the One who made it (Romans 1:20). Its size (how many billion light years across?) awes us; we are like microscopic ants crawling on the surface of a speck of dust. Even on our own puny planet, its power (manifested in earthquakes, floods and hurricanes) terrifies and humbles us. And God is greater than all this, for He made it.
The universe is fundamentally good
Why did God make the universe? We don’t know, but the Bible tells us that it gave Him pleasure (Job 38:4-7; Proverbs 8:30,31). He takes delight in His world – and so should we. Unlike some other religions, Christianity regards the material world as basically good; it cannot contaminate us or defile us (I Timothy 4:4). Sin may have marred the goodness of God’s original work, but the world still contains much that is beautiful and beneficial. These things are to be appreciated and enjoyed, not despised or abused.
The new creation
God loves what He has made, and He is fully committed to it. His great plan is “to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.” (Ephesians 1:10) And so Christians look forward not to eternal life in heaven, but to eternity in the new heavens and the new earth – because the whole of God’s creation is going to be renewed when Jesus returns (Romans 8:19-21; Revelation 21:1-5).
Our beginning and our end,
bring us with the whole creation to Your glory,
hidden through past ages
and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Collect for 2nd Sunday of Epiphany)