Advent Flow #4 - NAME OF GOD: Maker
“He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—he remains faithful forever.”
– Psalm 146:6
“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.”
– Psalm 95:6
NAME OF GOD: Maker
by Laura Bodine
As a Mom to four sons, I remember taking in the intricately designed features of each of my newborn boys and coming to the profound realization of what an amazing and perfect Maker our God truly is. He is the very author of all life. He spoke the very Universe into existence. He created the heavens and the earth. Every star in the sky, every animal in the sea and on land, each intricately designed bird, flower and sunset are all examples of His marvelous handiwork.
All of creation shows us both His nature and His infinite power.
We, as His children, are His most treasured of all creation. David wrote in Psalm 139:13 “For you formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.”
Everything about you was hand-picked and designed by our gracious God. We are His workmanship and He is our Maker. He created your soul and body, and made you unique and different from all others. Think of it. Out of the billions of people who live today and who have ever lived on the face of this earth, there is none who is exactly like you.
Since the Lord is our Maker, we ought to put our fullest trust in Him and surrender our lives to Him. For what better hands can there be, into which we can safely commit ourselves, than the very hands that have made us?
Secondly, since the Lord is our Maker, we ought to love Him with all of our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind. It was for this very purpose that God created us in His image – in order that we may love Him. For only creatures who bear His same divine image have the unique ability to love God.
Finally, since the Lord is our Maker, we ought to delight in worshiping Him, for as the highest of all creatures God has made, we should be zealously showing forth praises of Him who has made us with such wonderful wisdom and exquisite design.
All things were made by Him and for His pleasure. Therefore, when I am pleasing the Lord my Maker by worshiping Him, I am actually fulfilling the very purpose for my existence.
Colossians 1:16 tells us “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.”
We are the work of our Maker’s hands. He adopts us just as we are and then He begins to do His wonders in our hearts and in our minds and in our souls. He begins conforming us into His very image. He begins preparing us for what He has in store for us. He has a unique and beautiful purpose for each of our lives. Our purpose here on earth and our purpose that goes on for all eternity.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
It doesn’t matter what shape we are in when we come to Him… He is Jehovah-Hoseenu. He is the Master Potter, the Lord our Maker, and He is more than capable of conforming us, molding us and shaping us into His own workmanship and likeness to display His glory and power.
He is able to make us worthy of our calling. He promises to accomplish His work in us, and because He will, we will accomplish our work in Him.
Philippians 1:6 “… being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
I believe when we grasp that our God is our wonderful, good, merciful, sovereign and loving Maker, we will desire to live our lives in full obedience and in complete surrender to Him.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, trust fully in your Maker, love Him with all of your heart, mind and strength and delight in worshiping Him with all of your being. He came to give us life and give us life abundantly.
In Revelation 4:11 we read “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
Have you come to a place of complete surrender of your life to your Maker and His plan for you?
Have you taken time lately to simply look around at God’s creation and to praise and worship Him for all He has made?
Are there things in your life that you are holding onto that the Lord would ask you to surrender in obedience to Him?
Lord as we consider today what a wonderful Maker you really are, we praise you for giving us life. Each day is a gift from you never to be taken for granted. Help us to trust you fully, to surrender our lives to you completely. Knowing, God, that your plans for us are good and abundant joy is only found in living our lives for you and your kingdom. Search our hearts and show us anything at all that may be keeping us from you and your plans for us.
Thank you for your life laid down for us. Help us in turn to lay down our lives for you and your purposes. May we be living sacrifices set apart for you. We love you Jesus and pray these things in your perfect name. Amen.