A devotional thought from Kendell Easley for “The God Who Is”
Psalm 8:5: “You made him [man] little less than God and crowned him with glory and honor.”
The consistent biblical witness is that God made our race according to His specific plan—in God’s image. Although the divine image is now marred, we still bear marks of the glory borne by our first parents as well as the shame of their sin.
Some Christians believe God created Adam and Eve directly a few thousand years ago. Others believe He used long processes lasting tens of thousands of years. Whether you accept one of these beliefs or something different, as a Christian, you believe God created. You know you did not get here by natural processes. “You [Lord] have created all things, and because of Your will they exist and were created” (Rev. 4:11).
Sadly, many individuals despise their dependency. They exert independence on every occasion they can. Think of W. E. Henley’s poem “Invictus,” with its prideful claim, “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” This may explain why some people cling to a belief in the natural origin of all things. They refuse to be accountable to their Maker.
As a believer, however, you have the delightful opportunity today to acknowledge that God is the Creator, not you. He is the independent One, while you are utterly dependent. Ask God to help you reaffirm that you are His creation and that you gladly depend on Him for all things.
Pause and Reflect
• Under what circumstances are you most likely to flex a spirit of independence against God?
• What persuades you that the Creator longs for you to express your dependence on Him?
• What action could you take today to express to God your gladness that He created you?