Genesis 1:1-4 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.”
The 4th and 5th words are “God created.” He took the formless earth and, while hovering over it, spoke words that brought light and then many other things into being. Merely spoke words. But he took a special step with man.
Genesis 2:7 “Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.”
God created man by forming him out of dust and breathing into His creation. This is a more intimate and tactile interaction than with His other creations. I believe that God created out of love and I think we see that in the description here.
Psalm 19:1-4 NLT
“The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or work;
their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.”
To me, this psalm seems to sing the about the glory of all of God’s work, of the beauty of what we call science. But God does not just create things that we can touch. He creates covenants that feed our soul in times of need and suffering; He marks us to a depth unreachable by others.
Jeremiah 31:31-33 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the Lord. “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people.”
He also creates ways for us to remember Him over and over again in the Bible. He provides creative ways we can remember His love for us. In my example, He gives us a way to remember the sacrifice He gave us in his Son (also, note the covenant God promises in the previous verse and the promise Jesus makes).
Luke 22:19-20 He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people – an agreement confirmed in my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice to you.”
For good measure (and because I believe it ties the last two verses together), let us also remember what the Holy Spirit creates:
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against these things!”