God made the first human beings Adam and Eve, all other created things, and they were good. The first humans in whom he breathed life were formed of ordinary materials of the universe. They were created in the image of God and given dominion over the fish of the sea, birds of the air, cattle, wild animals of the earth, and every creeping thing upon the earth (Gen 1:26-27). Adam and Eve’s home was in the Garden of Eden where they were to take care of all these God-given gifts. Concerning their nature of life and death, there was a covenant with God. On breaking this covenant came a death sentence, toil, afflictions, and they were expelled from the garden. Their children Cain and Abel became our ancestors, and their broken promises were passed down to us.
King David wrote, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visited him?” (Ps 8:4). We were delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God (Rom 8:21). For these blessings we must praise the Lord from the heavens, in the heights, praise all his angels, hosts, the “sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens” (Ps 148:1-4). With the Lord’s command they were all created.
Victor Hugo (1802–1885), a French poet, dramatist, and novelist said, “Involve all your soul in creation!” What we must do is embrace the wonders of God’s creation. Praise his name for his mighty works that are animate and inanimate and glorify him. How wonderful is God! “Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur,” wrote Henry Miller (1891–1980), a novelist.
Human Creation & Divinity
However, there’s a difference between human creation and that of the divine. Miller explained, “The great joy of the artist is to become aware of a higher order of things, to recognize by the compulsive and spontaneous manipulation of his own impulses the resemblance between human creation and what is called ‘divine’ creation.” Divine creation captures natural manifestations which grace our environment. These exist in their glorious nature and impact us with sublime bedazzlement.
In Paradise Lost John Milton (1608–1647), an English poet captured the essence of God’s creation in this vivid description of light and darkness:
O goodness infinite, goodness immense!
That all this good of evil shall produce,
And evil turn to good; more wonderful
Than that which by creation first brought forth
Light out of darkness!
Through light we’re able to see clearly. We can differentiate good deeds from bad. These are some of God’s blessings and amazing gifts to mankind. With this goodness and with these gifts we can mount to the summit of creation. They tell us to have a time for contemplation and the amazing thing is, all creation is invited to honor and praise him.