December 15 – Honoring God – With our responses

Read Revelation 4:11

“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.”

Did you know that some stars emit a steady beat and others sing like violins?  Did you know that if you stretched out the entire DNA in all 37.2 trillion cells in your body, that they would reach all the way to the moon and back 150,000 times?  Did you know the fastest bird is the peregrine falcon which can reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour in a dive? The fastest land animal (that we know of today) is a cheetah named Sarah at the Cincinnati Zoo with a record speed of 62 miles per hour. Have you heard of the African Starfish Flower?  This plant smells like rotting meat and yet attracts pollinators even from a great distance.  Did you know that a cumulus cloud, suspended in the atmosphere, contains about 1 million pounds of water drops?  What about the animal that is known as the supreme survivor?  This tiny animal is about 1.5 millimeters long.  It has a mouth that is full of dagger-like teeth, it can live in boiling water and in the deepest trenches of the ocean. It has survived for more than 10 years without a drop of water, and has been frozen for 30 years, thawed and survived.  This animal is known as the tardigrade or water bear. 

God has given this little creature everything it needs to survive.

When we study the science of creation, we learn that the plants could not live without the animals who help to pollinate them, and the earth that helps to nourish the plant.  The animals could not live without the plants that provide food and oxygen.  The earth, plants and animals could not survive without the atmosphere that houses the clouds of water and the sun and moon which provides days and seasons.  One God must have created all of creation to work together, with each part of creation dependent on the other.  For thousands of years this earth has been continually working according to the plan of one God.

And last but not least, God – a moral and rational being – created moral and rational beings like Himself, different from all other creatures. Man was created more like Him than any other creature. (Genesis 1:26-28) Man was created to worship. (John 4:23-24) Together with His creation, we can respond with praise, for He has created all things and for His pleasure He created them.  God took pleasure in His creation. Therefore, He takes pleasure in you.  (Psalm 92:4) The works of creation invite us to offer our humble devotion to Him alone. 

Do you take pleasure in God?  How do you respond to His creativity in creation?  To His power in creation?  Where is your love directed?  He alone is worthy of our love, devotion, and praise!

“Now to God the Father, who created all things” (Isaiah 45:12)

“to God the Son, the Creator who came as man and sacrificed His life for creation” (Philippians 2:8)

“to God the Spirit who breathed life into all things” (Job 33:4)

“be all glory, honor and praise forever and ever.” (Revelation 4:11)

Janene Nagel

One thought on “December 15 – Honoring God – With our responses

  1. Another very good devotion. I am impressed in your ability to come up with ideal and the subject content that helps make the point so effectively.

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