Throughout the writings of the Bible, God acts through speech. In the New Testament writing of John, the author declares: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:1-3) God and the Word were one, and through the Word God made all of creation. In the Old Testament, the Psalmist wrote:
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth. (Ps. 33:6)
There is something in the act of communicating that is divine and powerful. It is part of God’s nature. God creates through word; that Word is God Himself. God’s creation, in turn, communicates who God is. The Psalmist states:
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world. (Ps. 19:1-4)
Paul in the New Testament echoes: “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, so that people are without excuse.” (Rom. 1:20)
Is it any wonder that a God who creates by communicating, whose creation communicates His attributes, would communicate to men? It is said that people are created in God’s image. (Gen. 1:26-27) People are social and communicative. We communicate in what we say and do. We know and understand communication with each other, and so we can know and communicate with our God and Creator, and He with us. God’s word to us is as beautiful as the heavens He created.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes. (Ps. 19:7-8)
God spoke through the prophets in the Old Testament writings, “but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” (Heb. 1:1) How amazing is that?! John says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
Through the Word God made all creation (John 1:3), and that Word became flesh and lived and walked among us and communicated face to face with men. How incredible is that?! “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.” (Col. 1:15-17)
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.” (Heb. 1:3-4) “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Col. 1:19-20)
In Isaiah 55:11, the prophet declared that God’s word goes out and does not return to Him empty; it accomplishes His purpose. God created us for a reason. That reason was to love God and have fellowship with God. He created us in His image. He created us in a world in which we would have true choice. Without the real ability to choose to rebel against and reject God, our Creator, we would not have the true ability to choose to submit to God and love God. He placed us in a world in which we could be masters of our own destiny, at least to some extent. Though our frailty and relative insignificance is readily apparent, we have the capacity to ignore our finiteness and to puff out our chests as if we were the captains of our destinies. But, we are no better off than the animals. As animals live and die, so men live and die. Even if men were to live a 1000 years, do we not all end up in the same place? (Ecc. 6:6) Dust to dust.
Our insignificance is revealed in the creation when we begin to consider the vastness of the universe, of which we can not see the end. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we can not see smallest matter that makes up the universe. We are finite. How great is God, and how very unbelievable is it that He would want to have fellowship with us?! For some perspective, I invite you to view this presentation by Louie Giglio: How Great is Our God! Either we are the coincidental result of chaotic chance, or we are the purposeful creation of a God who made us in His image to have fellowship with Him. You be the judge.