S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day. Genesis 1:1–5 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 word; their voice is never heard. Psalm 19:1–3 NLT
He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.
His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, “We are his offspring.” And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.
God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead. Acts 17:24-31 NLT
God shows his glory as Creator through nature.
Based on these Scriptures, what are two new thoughts or questions you have about God?
Have you repented of your sins and turned to God?
Take a moment and look into the sky—how is the sky displaying God’s “craftsmanship” right now?
“From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth.” Every human who has ever lived is a part of one extended family. How can this help us combat division within the one human family?
Lord, sometimes we forget to praise and honor you as Creator for the stunning and majestic world around us and even the physical bodies you have given us. Teach us to enjoy you!