News from the Tennessee Valley Religion

Rev. J. Archie Hampton

Creating requires the work of God

Living in the Tennessee Valley, we take for granted the forces of tremendous power that surround us. There are great dams east and west of Decatur, an atomic power plant in Limestone County and the mighty Tennessee River in the middle of it all.

On Redstone Arsenal, workers created a powerful rocket motor that put the United States in the space race. We are always improving on technology to give us more and more power.

As a small lad, I learned from my father how to hold and push a reel-type lawn mower. It took forever to mow our grass, but it gave me strong arms and legs. Now I mow my yard with ease while riding a 12-horsepower mower and wonder where my strength is going.

God created everything on this earth that we use, and no matter what we build, discover, invent or make, given time it will return to the basic elements from which it came. We are only caretakers and stewards of that which was created in the beginning.

We have changed the form of many things, split the atom, and added and subtracted molecules, but with all of our wisdom, have we ever created something new?

Listed nine times in the first chapter of Genesis are the words “and God said.” With these three little words, everything we know on this earth came into being — was created from “nothing.”

According to Genesis 1:1, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” God just spoke, and things came into reality. That, my friends, is power, unequaled power.

A scientist was talking to God one day and said, “God, we no longer need you. We can create life ourselves.”

God answered, “Is that so? May I see an example?”

The scientist knelt and started building a small mound of dirt.

“Just a minute,” God said. “Get your own dirt.”

We build with and use his materials, and all of the physical power we have has been granted or loaned to us by God. When we depart this earth, it is all left behind.

In Matthew, Jesus states that all power is given unto him in heaven and in earth. When we claim Jesus as our savior, we are given power to accomplish tasks, and our spiritual power will increase as our faith increases.

Each generation has left knowledge, know-how and blueprints for improvements in life, work, human relations and health. But let us not forget the one who made all of our advances possible: the Creator.

The Rev. J. Archie Hampton, formerly on staff at Central Baptist Church, is one of several local ministers writing religion columns for The Daily. For more information, call Melanie Smith at 340-2468.

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