The Bible says, “All things were made through him (God), and without him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:3 ESV (explanation added)
Furthermore, the Apostle Paul wrote, “ For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made …” Romans 1:20 NIV
Since most of God’s creation does not have a voice to speak as we do, how does all creation declare the glory of God? Or does it require an inquiring mind to look beyond the surface to find His invisible attributes?
Both the Old Testament and the New Testament talk about nature and what we can learn from it.
So let’s dive in and look at the Word of God which holds all truth, along with the words of creation which are His general revelation, crossing all language and cultural barriers.
How the heavens declare God’s glory
We begin to answer the question, “How does all creation declare the glory of God” by looking at the night sky.
The first verse of the 19th Psalm is probably one of the best-known passages on nature, God, and the work of his hands. A Psalm of David, it reads,
With each new discovery by the orbiting Hubble Telescope, mankind is realizing that there probably is no end of the heavens and its galaxies.
The information that we have gained over the last 30 years is mind-boggling and simply reinforces the greatness of God. The prophet Isaiah wrote:
Why is the word “fingers” used? Take a look at “Of Fingerprints And Galaxies.”
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him … ” Psalm 8:3-4 ESV
With the wonders found in the heavens alone, how can we not be in awe of our creator? How can we not participate in the worship of God?
How living creatures declare the glory of God
There are over 8 million types of animals and plants that inhabit the earth. They will help us answer the question, “How does all creation declare the glory of God.”
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10 ESV
Take a look at “The Call of Creation.”
What do birds have to tell us?
It was the study of a bird’s ability to fly that helped science develop airplanes and helicopters. Flying defies gravity, but God knew that when he created our many feathered friends.
Take a look at “Wings Of Wonder.” It will amaze you.
What does plant life tell us?
When God breathed into us the breath of life, there needed to be something to replenish the oxygen that we use.
Hence, plants use our carbon dioxide to do their own breathing and produce the oxygen that we need. These truths are only the beginning.
“For all of its power and global scale, it’s possible the largest and most important social media network on our planet isn’t the World Wide Web.
Instead, scientists have identified and studied underground communication systems–made of fungi and roots—that enable trees to exchange nutrients, nurture their offspring, transmit warnings, and relay information to their neighbors.
These networks (collectively nicknamed the Wood Wide Web) link an estimated 90% of our planet’s vegetation.” (The John 10:10 project)
Take a look at “The Wood Wide Web”
How the world declares the glory of God
“In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.” Psalm 95:4-5 ESV
“How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small” Psalm 104:24-25
Science tells us that if our earth was any closer or farther away from the sun, life could not exist here. Furthermore, if the tilt of the axis and speed of the rotation of the earth was the slightest bit different, gravity would not exist.
Is that not part of “the wisdom of God” that King David wrote about? If builders need a blueprint to build a house, how much more intelligence was needed to put our world together so that you and I have our very existence?
God’s word can be trusted. Science supports the truth found there.
How human beings declare God’s glory?
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him…” Genesis 1:26-27 ESV
The human body is ever-so intricate, resilient, and yet delicate. And when we live according to God’s principles, we reflect God’s goodness to those around us.
Of all of God’s creation, we alone
- are loved by God
- can be forgiven by God
- have the ability to understand spiritual matters and the truth of God
- can have a fundamental understanding of God’s attributes
- can have the spirit of God living in us
- find life’s ultimate purpose
- were created for good works
- can share the “good news of Jesus Christ.”
To learn more about how amazing God made our bodies, a good book is, “More Than Meets The Eye- Fascinating Glimses Of God’s power And Design”, by Richard A. Swenson, M.D. It is available in paperback and also on Kindle.
How Science now declares the Glory of God
It seems that almost daily, science finds more evidence to support the existence of God and His role in the creation of our world.
In-depth scientific studies will help most people answer the question, “How does all creation declare the glory of God?”
Still, even as the evidence speaks, many individuals have foolish hearts and try desperately to disprove the Word of the Lord. The Bible calls them, “haters of God.”
Regardless of how mankind wants to deny God’s existence, the natural world is a revelation of God.
Amazingly, those who set out to disprove the claims of Christianity very often realize their folly and become believers in Christ Jesus and eternal life. Lee Strobel was among them.
Here is a description from one of his many scientific books, “The Case For A Creator.”
“During his academic years, Lee Strobel became convinced that God was obsolete, a belief that colored his journalism career. Science had made the idea of a Creator irrelevant–or so Strobel thought.
But today science points in a different direction. A diverse and impressive body of research has increasingly supported the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed. “
The John 10:10 Project, a non-profit organization, has a really great video highlighting Lee’s story, called “A Skeptic’s Journey Begins.”
From that point, the documentaries are packed with Scientific and historical evidence. You will be in awe of how science and the Bible are compatible.
The physical world has a lot to teach us if we are willing to look for it. Here is a partial list of the documentaries.
- The Evidence Of Cosmology
- The Evidence Of Physics
- The Evidence Of A Habital Planet
- The Evidence Of Biological Machines
- The Evidence Of Biological Information
Because human beings have a hard time grasping the nature of God, He sent Jesus Christ as the image of the invisible God.
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
All things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:15-17 NIV
For your listening pleasure – The God of Creation
- The Greatness of our God – by the Newsboys
- Everything – by Toby Mac
- God of Wonders – by Mac Powell
- So Will I – By Hillsong Worship
Coloring “all creation declare the glory of God?”
If you are looking for a way to continue to meditate on “How does all creation declare the glory of God”, then this coloring collection is for you.
Designed for older teens and adults, it covers many of the Scriptures quoted here in this article.
If you have never done coloring as an adult, and want to try it with a sampler, then this single page is for you. It is free, although we do accept donations for website expenses.
This creative activity is a great way to combine two pleasurable activities: coloring and meditating on Scripture. It also stimulates both the right and left brain!
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- Creation’s beauty – connecting with God through nature
- The incredible benefits of nature for your well-being
- 33 ways to enjoy God’s creation