Template for the World

Once upon a time, there was nothing. Then God said, “Let there be light, and there was light.”

Yes, yes, we’ve all heard the story. I used to imagine God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit did some brainstorming, and planned out this world, brick by brick, molecule by molecule, and then voila, it was here.

Maybe not.

David says that creation declares the glory of God (Psalm 19:1). Romans says that God’s invisible attributes, His eternal power, and His divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made (Romans 1:20). Whether you’ve ever heard about Jesus or not, you are left with zero excuse at the judgment of God because He is obvious in what He makes.

I believe that nothing in this world was arbitrary, a random decision by a capricious God who created a list of right and wrong, sat down and made up the laws of nature off the top of His head. I do not believe this world came from God’s head. I believe everything, from the laws of nature to the standard of right and wrong to the needs of man came from God’s heart.

Satan wants me to believe that God does not have my best in mind. That following God will have me missing out on the best life has to offer, that I will be condemned to wear drab colors and sit in solemn contemplation and that heaven is a consolation prize after life is over. But if God is not just the designer of the world but its template as well, then righteousness offers a life full of color and joy and peace, joy because my every need is filled, my purpose is clear, and my God is near. Peace—because I am entirely lined up with reality, not floating outside it or warring against it. Hope—because heaven is no consolation prize. This world is death prolonged. And heaven is life eternal.

Excerpt from “Peace and How to Keep It.”