God’s Holiness Seen in Creation

Recently I went on a trip to Alaska, and I had more amazing experiences in two weeks than I think I’ve had in the rest of my life put together. I felt the boat rock when a chunk of a majestic icy glacier fell into the frigid ocean. I saw a baby moose stumble around on its skinny legs next to its mother in Denali National Park. I stood breathless on the windy deck of a boat and watched humpback whales leaping out of the ocean and crashing back down into the water. All over Alaska, I saw God’s fingerprints everywhere I looked.

God is holy: Scripture tells us that over and over. It’s His nature. He is holy and good, and everything He made is holy and good. The creation story is described in Genesis, and after God created the world, “[He] saw all that He had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). And His creation is still good—although we humans fell into sin, God is still holy and will remain so. Isaiah 57:15 describes the Lord as “the high and exalted One Who lives forever, Whose name is holy.” God is perfect, majestic, and holy, and spending time in nature makes His attributes very clear.

When I was in Alaska, I realized that God existed before Mount Denali and Juneau and even the whole world was here, and He was already holy. When God created the earth, it became a demonstration of His holiness. And creation recognizes His holiness! Psalm 191:1-3 tells us, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.” God’s beautiful creation exalts Him to everyone—it reveals and displays His holiness to people all over the world, no matter the language they speak or religious views they hold.

As Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Creation shows us its Creator and His infinite holiness; we see Him everywhere we look, all over the world. God’s creation points us to His holiness.

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