Listen: Chris Witts presents Morning Devotions.
History tells us that a Model T Ford is considered one of the greatest cars of all time. In fact 16.5 million of these cars have been sold since 1908 when they first came off the production line. It was described as the first affordable car for the masses—cheap enough for an average family to buy.
They were inexpensive and reliable—very popular. Of course that doesn’t mean they didn’t break down. And that’s what happened to one driver. He knew quite a lot about these cars, and pulled over to the side of the road. He lifted the bonnet and tried to start it up. But nothing happened. The engine would not turn. He was getting quite frustrated about the breakdown when a limousine drove past and stopped. An old man got out and asked if he needed any help.
The younger driver wasn’t that impressed. What would an old man know about the Model T Ford? The old man walked to the motor, looked at the engine for a few moments, and suggested one adjustment might do the trick. And with nothing to lose, he did that, and the engine roared to life. “How did you know what the problem was?” he asked. The old man smiled and said, “Oh, that’s easy. I’m Henry Ford. I created this car”.
It makes a difference when you know the creator.
The creation reveals the Creator
As Christians, we are privileged to know the Creator of the universe. So when we study a tiny wildflower or marvel at the vastness of the Milky Way, we are reminded of the One who made all of it. In a deeply personal expression of praise, the psalmist wrote, “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth” (Psalm 8:1). Do you know that all creation points to a Creator? Albert Einstein did not make a profession of Christian faith. But like many others he looked at the wonders of the universe and knew there had to be a God. An interviewer once asked him if he was an atheist. He said No, and then said this:
I’m not an atheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see the universe marvellously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws.
Albert Einstein understood the eternal power and divine nature of God from what God has made. How come? Because the creation, especially the heavens, reveal knowledge of God to man.
The amazing thing I want to say is that this creator God knows you inside and out. You may have been married for a long time. Your wife can read you well—she may even know what you’re thinking. But the Bible describes it so well in Psalm 139 written by David:
You have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away You know my every thought. You tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment You know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it. You both precede and follow me.
This is too glorious too wonderful to believe”. (Psalm 139:1-6 – TLB)
The same Psalm says in verse 17: “How precious it is, Lord, to realize that You are thinking about me constantly”.
(To be continued in Knowing the Creator – Part 2)