We sometimes hear from Christians who say they believe the Bible but struggle with the idea of a six-day creation. That’s curious to me. If we know God, how can we not trust what He says? He told us “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” and “so the evening and the morning were the first day….So the evening and the morning were the second day….So the evening and the morning were the third day” and so on (Genesis 1:1, 5, 8, 13). If these aren’t convincing, then how about all the other Scriptures that point to our mighty God’s authority over all creation?
Our Creator rules the universe. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17).
Our Creator is the “Lord GOD of hosts, He who touches the earth and it melts…who builds His layers in the sky, and has founded His strata in the earth; who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the face of the earth—the LORD is His name” (Amos 9:5-6).
How long does it take to speak, touch, call, and pour? A word or a touch is instantaneous.
Our sovereign God is the Lord who made bitter water sweet (Exodus 15:22-26), parted the sea for His children to pass on dry ground (Exodus 14:21-22), and turned water into the best wine (John 2:1-11). He calmed the seas (Mark 4:35-41), made the sun stand still (Joshua 10:13), and caused a star to lead wise men to Jesus (Matthew 2:9). All of creation obeys His command.
Our Creator spoke the universe into existence. “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap….For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Psalm 33:6-7, 9).
How long does it take to speak or breathe? That’s how long it took our Lord to create the universe.
ICR founder Dr. Henry M. Morris once said, “Creationists at least postulate an adequate Cause to produce the universe—that is, an infinite, omnipotent, omniscient, transcendent, self-existing, personal Creator God.” He wrote those words years ago, and they’re just as relevant today. We’re sharing his timeless insights in our feature article this month, “The Universe Out of Nothing.”
Our new DVD series The Universe: A Journey Through God’s Grand Design promises to reach a wide audience with both the Scripture and the science that demonstrate God’s handiwork in creation. We’ve also published a new Science for Kids book, Space: God’s Majestic Handiwork, that answers many of your children’s questions about the universe, pointing them to the God who created it all.
We hope this issue of Acts & Facts and our newest resources will strengthen your faith and provide deeper understanding of our magnificent Creator. What incredible power He must possess to bring the cosmos into existence by His spoken Word. When we ponder the vastness of the heavens and the incredible orchestration required to sustain our lives on Earth, perhaps we can approach Thanksgiving Day with a fresh appreciation for the One who created all of this in just six days. The Lord is His name.
* Jayme Durant is Director of Communications at the Institute for Creation Research.
Cite this article: Jayme Durant. 2017. The Lord Is His Name. Acts & Facts. 46 (11).