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Learn from Creation

Creation teaches us the way of harmony and order.

“Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.” Acts 14.17

1 Clement 20
Clement of Rome (fl. ca. 90-100 AD)

“The heavens, revolving under His government, are subject to Him in peace. Day and night run the course appointed by Him, in no wise hindering each other. The sun and moon, with the companies of the stars, roll on in harmony according to His command, within their prescribed limits, and without any deviation. The fruitful earth, according to His will, brings forth fruit in abundance, at the proper seasons…The ocean, impassible to man, and the worlds beyond it, are regulated by the same enactments of the Lord. The seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter, peacefully give place to one another. The winds in their several quarters fulfil, at the proper time, their service without hindrance…The very smallest of living beings meet together in peace and concord. All these the great Creator and Lord of all has appointed to exist in peace and harmony; while He does good to all…”

Here are two strong lessons – one overt and unmistakable, the other more subtle. The overt lesson is that we can see from the way God orders the creation that every creature has its proper place according to the divine economy and will. The world is at peace as each creature accepts and fulfills its divinely-appointed role. The lesson: we, too, need to learn our place in God’s great work of building the Church, and accept it with humility. The subtle lesson: even the dumb, insensate creation can obey the Word of God for the good of all. What about you, O Corinthians? We can learn from creation how God intends us to live together in peace.

The creation speaks of God and His glory, and bears witness to His purposes and will. In what ways does the creation factor into the preaching and teaching in your church? Are the members of your congregation taught to “read” the words God is speaking in the creation (Ps. 19.1-4)?

T. M. Moore

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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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