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Devotionals Dec 8 – Jan 7, 2023: The Creator, Worthy of Our Worship

Popular culture is heavily influenced by New Age ideas. Is the word “vibes” a regular word in your everyday speech? One might use that word to describe a certain “energy” they feel coming from a person. “He had good vibes” generally means that an individual perceived friendliness and a level of ethical and moral goodness from another person. In the context that young people typically use the word, it is relatively harmless. The word, however, finds its origin and meaning in New Age beliefs and practices. The word “vibes” or “vibrations” refers to the vibrational frequency another person is emitting. According to New Age belief, the higher the frequency at which someone vibrates, the more enlightened they are, or the closer they are to achieving the highest spiritual level.  

As another example of New Age influence, a Christian might be tempted to take control of the future through “manifesting,” or other such “name it and claim it” beliefs. However, when one attempts to control his future, he is denying that God is the Creator, not only of this present reality, but also of the future. We must confess, “My times are in thy hand” (Ps. 31:15). 

In contrast to us mere creatures, Jehovah God is the all-powerful Creator who governs and upholds his creation. All that happens in our lives and the history of the world comes about because of his providential hand. Furthermore, because he is sovereign, no one can influence God’s hand. Not even our prayers can cause God to act contrary to what he has already purposed in his will. We may not pray with the intent to manipulate God to act according to our desires. Since we do not understand how everything fits within God’s counsel, we must pray, “Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).  

God is also the all-wise Creator. He ordered history so that his will comes to pass in the best way possible. In the beginning, God created everything in a perfect order. God created dry land, air, water, and light before the plants were created so that they could thrive. Ultimately, it is his will that his church be saved and brought to heaven for his glory. Thus, everything that God does in the history of the world and our lives is for our spiritual good and for his glory. We do not possess innate wisdom to guide us through life. Our ancestors and the angels are not the source of knowledge and wisdom to guide us. God alone is the all-wise one to whom we must look for guidance (Ps. 48:14). God provides us that wisdom in his word, which reveals to us God’s will so that we are able to seek his glory in every aspect of our lives (2 Tim. 3:16–17).  

Furthermore, God is a gracious and loving Creator. He works all things for the spiritual benefit of his people. Satan tries to deceive us into thinking that it would be better to listen to him, but he does not have our spiritual welfare in mind. His motive is selfish, personal advancement. All that he needs to overthrow God from his throne in heaven is to cause one of God’s sheep to fall from grace. When God brings us through hard times and we are tempted by Satan to complain or to abandon our calling, we must remember that it is God who loves us and his Son Jesus Christ who gave himself for us (John 10:11). “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isa. 43:2). As we walk the difficult road to heaven, God promises that he will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). 

Therefore, the Creator alone is worthy of our worship. We are always beholden to the one who made us (Ps. 100), provides for us (23:1), rules us (103:19), and loves us (Rom. 5:8). This is our covenant God—not political leaders, church elders, husbands, fathers, or ourselves. Certainly, this is not Satan, although he will tempt us, as he did Jesus, to worship him in order to receive earthly power. Satan has a level of power to give and to do certain things, but it is always to the spiritual destruction of the soul. In stark contrast, Jesus our mediator ascended to the right hand of God and was given the power to rule as Lord of lords and King of kings. Through his Holy Spirit, he gives us all things for our spiritual benefit and the salvation of our souls (2 Pet. 1:3). 

Rebekah is a wife and mother in the home. She attends Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, CA, with her family. 

 

Date  Read  Study  Psalter 
Dec 8  Gen. 1:1–8  What is included in the creation of “heaven”?  14 (vv. 1–3) 
Dec 9  Gen. 1:9–19  Why did God wait until after the creation of plants to create the sun (which plants need to grow)?  193 (vv. 1–2, 4–6) 
Dec 10  Gen. 1:20–25  What brought forth the animals made on days five and six of creation?  57 (v. 1) 
Dec 11  Gen. 1:26–31  How is man different from the rest of God’s creatures?  14 (vv. 4–7) 
Dec 12  Gen. 2:1–7  What is the significance of God forming man from the dust of the ground?  236 (vv. 1, 4) 
Dec 13  Gen. 2:8–17  What purpose did the garden of Eden serve for man?  226 (vv. 2–3) 
Dec 14  Gen. 2:18–25  Why was the woman the last creature to be created?  360 (vv. 1–3) 
Dec 15  Job 38:1–7  Why is it important to be reminded that man wasn’t even present when God created?  59 (vv. 1–3) 
Dec 16  Job 38:8–21  Is this still true of man today with all of his scientific advances?  256 (vv. 3–5) 
Dec 17  Job 38:22–30  Is God still sovereign over natural phenomena even if man can influence them?  402 (vv. 1, 3, 5) 
Dec 18  Job 38:31–41; 

Ps. 104:21; 

Matt. 6:25–32 

How do these passages disprove the idea that God created the world, set it in motion, and then is no longer personally involved?  167 
Dec 19  Job 39:1–8  How do the wild goats show how man is unable to govern and uphold all things?  105 
Dec 20  Job 39:9–18  Why did God create seemingly foolish animals?  288 (vv. 1–2) 
Dec 21  Job 39:19–30  How does God show that man is not wise nor creative enough to have come up with all the different creatures?  286 (v. 5) 
Dec 22  Job 40:1–5  What is Job’s answer?  104 (vv. 1–3) 
Dec 23  Job 40:6–14  Why does God use the truth that he is Creator as a starting point to show Job’s foolishness in asking God to explain himself in afflicting Job?  104 (vv. 4–8) 
Dec 24  Job 40:15–24  How does the behemoth show God’s power and glory?  35 (v. 5) 
Dec 25  Job 41:1–34  How does the creature leviathan show God is not to be contended with (40:2)?  257 
Dec 26  Ps. 8  What is your response to God considering insignificant man?  15 
Dec 27  Ps. 19:1–6  What can we learn about God when we look up at the sun and stars?  39 
Dec 28  Ps. 33:6–9  How did God create the heaven and earth?  86 (v. 1) 
Dec 29  Ps. 100  What do you believe about the origin of man?  400 
Dec 30  Ps. 104:1–18  What aspect of God’s providence is showcased here?  286 (vv. 1–2) 
Dec 31  Ps. 104:19–35  What should be our response when we see God’s handiwork in creation?  287 
Jan 1  Rom. 1:20–21  How are all men without excuse if not all men have heard the gospel?  139 (vv. 1–2, 4, 6) 
Jan 2  Rom. 1:22–25  What happens when we take God out of the study of science?  123 (v. 1) 
Jan 3  Rom. 1:26–32  How does God punish men who refuse to acknowledge God as Creator?  13 (v. 6) 
Jan 4  John 1:1–5  How was Jesus active in the work of creation?  85 
Jan 5  Col. 1:15–17  What is the purpose of the creation?  137 
Jan 6  2 Pet. 3:5–7  What false teaching concerning the creation is Peter writing against?  285 (v. 3) 
Jan 7  2 Pet. 3:10–14  Since this creation is being destroyed, where is our hope?  274