In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was void and empty and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God moved over the waters.
We profess our faith every Sunday when we say: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Genesis 1:1 states this fact. Before God created anything, the earth was empty and formless. Yet, the Spirit moved over this emptiness. This verse proves God existed even before anything. Things came to be only when he spoke his Word. This story of creation was totally different from the myths of their neighbors at that time where the belief was things were created because the gods fought each other and the carcasses of the dead gods formed the earth and the seas.
The genius of the Hebrew faith is they recognized God’s revelation of himself as Someone who creates order in emptiness, as Someone who fills what is empty, as Someone who moves over the void. Whereas the gods of their neighbors required something to create the world, God just spoke his Word and things came to be.
Psalm 19:1 tells us, The heavens declare the glory of our God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands. While other religions believe nature is their God, the Hebrew religion and of course, Christianity believe there is only One God who created all these. Which is why everything shows the glory of God. God is above all creation and above all humanity.
The dangers today is there is too much focus on the environment that it has become a god to us. The worship of idols in the churches in Rome has caused a scandal to the faithful where we see priests and bishops bow before an idol. Those who did this, if they should not repent, will be held accountable for their idolatry because God will not be mocked. As Christians, we do what Jesus said: You shall worship God alone. This God is the God and Father of Jesus Christ.
While we have to take care of the environment, we must not let it take the place of God himself.
Lord, teach me to see your glory in all creation. But do not let me be misled to worship it. Let me worship you alone.