Many important declarations have been made in human history — declarations that have dealt with important themes. One of the most familiar for Americans is the Declaration of Independence, which put into words and onto paper the intention of the American colonists to be free from the rule of England.
The word of God speaks about declarations also; one of them — a simple yet forceful declaration of the power and majesty of the Creator — can be “read” every day: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard” (Psalm 19:1–3).
The winter months are especially good for noting the beauty of the heavens. At night, when the sky is clear, it seems as if we can see forever. There are few sights more breathtaking, more awe-inspiring, than the star-filled winter heavens. We stand and gaze into the vast unknown depths of space and wonder just how far it extends. When we realize that we and our world, indeed our solar system, are tiny specks in the massive ocean of God’s creativity, we almost reel with the enormity of it all. How far does it reach? Where does it end? Nothing physical is without limits. But what lies beyond? Because of our limited understanding, we can’t know, can we?
If we spend time contemplating such mysteries, we perhaps can appreciate more the importance of the declaration of Moses as he wrote, through the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” This affirmation by Moses doesn’t propose to argue the existence of God; rather, he accepted it. After all, he had seen the evidence for him many times in his dealings with the Lord, as he would write about.
The verses following Genesis 1:1 tell us precious little about how God did his creative work — only that he did it and “saw that it was good.” The power of his word is declared for all to see through the eyes of faith. As Paul insists, “His invisible attributes, namely his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (Romans 1:20).
The question we must ask ourselves is, “Do I believe in God?” If the answer is no, honesty should compel us to explain the existence of “the things that have been made.” Are they simply the result of accident and chance? If our response is yes, we need to accept the fact that faith requires us to respond in obedience to the will of God. Otherwise, “Faith by itself … is dead” (James 2:9).
Truly, “The heavens declare the glory of God.”