“He stood and measured the earth; he looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sank low. His were the everlasting ways. I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction; the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. Was your wrath against the rivers, O LORD? Was your anger against the rivers, or your indignation against the sea, when you rode on your horses, on your chariot of salvation?” (Habakkuk 3:6-8)
As I sit at my computer this morning, I am reveling in the advent of the Spring season. Spring is my wife’s favorite season. Autumn has always been mine. However, I have to admit that Spring is growing on me: no pun intended.
I marvel and am in awe as I witness the budding of the trees, the bright yellow of daffodils, and the whiteness of the magnolia flower. It is amazing that one day the trees are barren and the next they filled with new buds ready to explode in new life. I even enjoy the first mowing of my lawn and the scent of freshly cut grass. 70 degree temperatures
However, it is possible that basking in the wonder of this season of new birth may lead to an honoring and worshiping of creation rather than the creator. The Apostle Paul warned of such behavior when he wrote, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” (Romans 1:18-25)
Israel was guilty of this creation worship. Often they exchanged the truth of God for a lie (Exodus 32).
Dr. John Walvoord explains that, “Habakkuk’s vision of God coming from the distance and marching across the land rose to a climax. Having reached the place from which He would execute judgment, God stopped, stood, and shook the earth. His very presence caused the earth to shake. Furthermore, by a mere glance at the nations He caused them to tremble (lit., “leap in terror”) and even the framework of nature was shattered. The primeval mountains and age-old hills, the firmest constituents of the globe, crumbled into dust. He came down on Mount Sinai with thunder, lightning, and fire amidst shaking mountains (Ex. 19:16–19). Though the age-old (lit., “eternal”) hills collapsed, God’s everlasting ways go on. Here is a stark warning to those who honor the creation over the Creator! (Cf. Hab. 2:19–20).
Are you often tempted to worship the Lord’s creation rather than worship the Lord of creation? It is very easy to attempt to create your own reality instead of recognizing how the Lord reveals Himself in the reality which He has created. The latter practice is truth while the former is living a lie.
Bask in the truth of God and His creation which declares His glory (Psalm 19). Do not exchange the truth of God for any kind of lie.
May the LORD’s truth and grace be found here.
Soli deo Gloria!