Creation Groans

Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying:” ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” – Luke 19:37-40.

We as a people, and yes, I am speaking to those who claim to be Christians, get so wrapped up in the affairs of the world system, the local happenings, the global situations, politics, celebrities, etc., that we have a tendency to forget the rest of creation.

Now before you raise your eyebrow at me, I am not an environmental activist. I do care about the environment, but insomuch that it was given to man to care for AND to enjoy. Yes, I said enjoy, NOT abuse, but this is not an essay or lesson on that so much. I want to direct your thinking to something else, something that is all to often overlooked.

God Almighty created everything that we are able to see and perceive and even that which is beyond the scope of our natural senses. As our Heavenly Father, He set us right in the middle of all this creation. To much of the time, we admire and are in awe of that creation (as we should be) but without giving it much thought other than what science tells us. Even scientists today leave out a big part of creation due to the fact that if they can’t perceive it or quantify it, it must not exist! Yet the very science, and I’m talking hard science, not theoretical, is known to them because of the originator of science, God, Himself. He is ALL knowledge, Omniscient. But again, since the scientist who is part of the natural world cannot see, perceive or quantify, they can’t acknowledge God.

But think of this the next time you look at the Milky Way through a telescope, or view cells through a microscope; God didn’t just create ALL that there is, He also spoke into existence the very laws that science is so fond of that governs the very actions of the universe and galaxies all the way down to why the smallest cells perform as they do. We have galaxies that are ever expanding, the moon and sun rising and setting, the tides coming and going creating a filter effect that cleanses the oceans. We have forests of trees that “breathe” in carbon dioxide and give us oxygen to keep our very air breathable. I could go on and on and God did all this by speaking those laws into existence.

The earth itself is created in such a way that the magnetic fields shield us from solar radiation. The core is surrounded by a liquid, molten fluid that is continually moving through convection. The very ground that we stand upon that we perceive as solid, is floating upon that liquid. All with the laws implemented by the Lord Himself, to allow mankind to live and flourish on this same earth.

But man, in his natural wisdom has become arrogant and has substituted a lot of THEORY for facts and when they speak, scientifically, they speak as if their theories ARE facts, which they are not! They are conjecture, they are hypothesis that need to be verified, but that has never stopped most worldly scientists from expressing them, and especially theories that have become popular and traditional as fact.

But I’m not letting some Christians off the hook either. In this age we live in where God has opened up more of His knowledge to us, AND especially to His children, we still have those who refuse to believe in what is factual, believing that the Bible contradicts true science, factual, hard science, when in fact it doesn’t. They will ARGUE, just to hold on to long traditional THEORIES of Biblical interpretation, when in fact the very Bible itself tells us that “in the last days knowledge (true facts) will increase and our understanding will grow!” These Christians, and I still call them Brother and Sister, have put God Almighty into a box that their finite minds can comprehend, thus putting the awesome nature and character of God into something they can comprehend.

Instead of recognizing that we were made in the likeness of God, they have made God into their likeness and thus limited the unlimited expanse and existence of His very Nature and Character! Those who have drawn closer in an intimate way with their Heavenly Father THROUGH Christ Jesus and empowered by His Holy Spirit have come to realize, the more we come to the/a knowledge of Who He is as our Father, the less we truly do know. To some of us, that drives us even closer to Him, to get to know Him even greater and it will never end until He calls us home to be with Him where the natural, carnal nature will no longer be an interference!

Now I’ve said all that just to point something else out that most Christians don’t give thought too. We, mankind as a whole, are only a small part of God’s creation. He made all the rest of creation that we can perceive for us and for His purposes. But that creation that has been touched by mankind, has also been tainted with mankind’s sin and thus is also not what it was created to be!

Now think of this. As great as the scientists of NASA and other space agencies are, as great as the oceanographers are who have delved into the deepest regions of our oceans, they have NOT been able to keep the taint and stain of humankind from those pristine environments. Right now, at the deepest part of the oceans, the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, almost a full seven miles deep, has garbage and waste on it’s ocean bed thanks to man’s abuse.

The Voyager missions, both 1 and 2 from the middle to late ’70s have now reached into what the scientists refer to as interstellar space. In other words, they are beyond the pull of our Sun, in the far reaches of our solar system and are now in a space beyond our solar system and they are still going. Everywhere that those spacecraft go, they take along with them, the taint and stain of mankind’s sin and corrupt every part of space that they inhabit! They could have been the most sterile objects in the universe, but they cannot be sterilized from the taint of mankind’s sinfulness.

It is no wonder then, that as each day goes by, Creation groans for release. The rest of Creation is tied in with man’s redemption and creation as a whole must realize it. I want you to carefully read and think about what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans. It explains a lot of what we are seeing today and should be a reminder that redemption MUST be close!

“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” – Romans 8:19-25.

Creation was subjected to futility along with mankind, but unlike mankind, it was NOT done willingly. Now in case you think the Apostle is speaking of mankind as the creation, you will see that he is tying creation WITH mankind’s hope for redemption in verse 21 and verse 23. The redemption of the rest of creation is tied in with the hope of salvation and redemption that we have and hope for in Christ Jesus!

My wife and her sister follow this person who keeps track of earthquakes and volcanoes all over the earth, Dutchsinse, on Facebook and we were discussing some of the things going on. Many attribute the number due to social media and the availability of instant reporting but the facts remain according to those who watch for activity like this, that there most definitely IS an increase in circumstances and those instances are actually increasing daily. The earth IS groaning.

Now here is my take on it and yes, I have been told numerous times throughout the years that I OVER spiritualize situations. Well, my contention is that there is far more going on in the spiritual realm than natural man will EVER be aware of!

Now some may put this down to judgement coming and growing and that well could be, but I want you to consider this in light of the Bible. As mankind continues to reject God as Heavenly Father and Sovereign Lord, rejecting the very truth of His existence, and as fewer and fewer are praising Him for the blessings we DO have, maybe, just maybe the rest of creation is taking mankind’s place to do the praising. For if mankind as a whole is not looking for God’s Kingdom to come, then creation, which according to the Apostle Paul is definitely looking for their redemption.

As Jesus stated in the Gospel of Luke, if man refuses to praise Him, then the very rocks, the very earth will cry out! Now before you think I’m “off my rocker,” I do believe this is all leading to the Lord’s coming back and the tribulation, which after the initial seven years will bring peace to the earth and creation as Christ Jesus takes His Throne for the next one thousand year, millennial reign. Remember, it was God who spoke into existence the very laws governing the workings of all of creation, so creation is only doing what it has been “programed” to do. But, I would like to think that as mankind refuses to give God Almighty praise through His Son, Christ Jesus, maybe, just maybe, the rest of creation will take up the chorus of praise with those few saints who are willing to join in!

Remember, according to Jesus, the way to salvation is narrow and few find it, but broad is the path to destruction. We MUST continue to pray for the lost; knowing that many will refuse the Lord’s gift doesn’t negate the fact that we must pray, but just be aware, the Lord’s Word has always been true and is ultimately FACT, not theory!

Now, I give this to you not to advance some new doctrine, but rather just to make you look at what is happening in the world and when you pray and commune with our Heavenly Father, consider all that is at stake. The whole world and the universe itself is waiting for our Redemption so that IT can also be redeemed. How amazing is that fact?!!

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 49+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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1 Response to Creation Groans

  1. Bette Cox says:

    Excellent. Thank you for reminding us about this, Roland.

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