(NOTE: This post was originally published on Brian Elder’s blog on May 3, 2012)
Take a moment to think about a building or structure you’ve seen that made you marvel at its magnificence. For me, it was the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France. I remember being in awe of its size and the beauty of its architecture. Upon entering the cathedral, I could feel the sense of respect and reverence it commanded. I was amazed that man could create something so wonderful.
This got me to thinking: if we are created in God’s image, do we feel the same sense of awe toward God? Do we recognize His magnificence?
There are those who believe that we are nothing more than just some cosmic accident, that it’s only by random chance that we are here, that we are nothing more than the result of some evolutionary process. I do not believe that to be the case. The Bible says in Genesis 1:26, “God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness’” (ESV).
Think about this for a moment. The God of the universe created us in His image, in His likeness. Now that blows me away. It’s almost unfathomable. If we are created in His image, his likeness, then it stands to reason that he has blessed us with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to create things of beauty and wonder. We see His imprint all around us but especially on ourselves and our own creative capacity. The Psalmist writes, “I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:14 NIV).
Let us be ever mindful that, in the good times and the bad, the mountaintop highs and the valley lows, our successes and failures, health or sickness, life or death, we are created in His image. God loves us. In Him, we have purpose and value. He will provide for us. He will be present for us. He will protect us. He will empower us. Will we marvel enough at His magnificence to place all of our trust in Him?