As I stated in a previous blog, I am reading Christian Beliefs: 20 Basics every Christian Should know by Wayne and Elliot Grudem. Here of are some of main points of Chapter 4 titled “What is Creation.”
The distinct but dependent creation
As Creator, God is distinct from His creation. He is not part of His creation, and unlike His creation in many ways. He made all things and rules over all things. He is greater than creation, and very much independent of it. He also does not need it in any way. Still, God is intimately involved in creation.
- In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind ? (Job 12:10)
- nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things ; (Acts 17:25)
- or in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.”Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man.‘ (Acts 17:28-29)
God is both involved in and distinct from creation. He is not dependent on creation, but creation is dependent on Him. Therefore, nothing in creation is worthy of the affection that God deserves. He chose to stay intimately involved with His creation, especially those made in His image. Therefore, He is not so far removed from us that He cannot or will not be intimately involved in our lives and struggles.
- God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
Because God is greater that all creation, and involved in with all creation , if we hope in God we have nothing to fear.