Creator God (Elohim)
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 KJV).
The first name by which God revealed Himself in His Word is the name God or Elohim. It introduces Him as our mighty Creator God.
We’ve read it so often, it may have lost its impact: “In the beginning…” God took nothing and made something. From the vast reservoirs of the oceans to the diminutive plankton swimming in them. From the endless expanse of the heavens to the tiny fireflies lighting up the night sky. From majestic mountain peaks to industrious ants burrowing in hidden valleys.
And the colors! Cornflower blue and lemon yellow, cherry blossom pink and forest green, pictured in God’s mind before He painted them on the world’s canvas. Our Creator also fashioned shapes and textures, sounds and smells—all extolling the glory of His Triune nature.
For not only was God the Father involved in creation, so was God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. John’s gospel says, “All things were made by Him [Jesus]” (John 1:3). Genesis 1:2 notes, “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” All three Persons of the Trinity played a part in creating a world that would bring glory to its Creator, our Elohim.
Elohim, help me see Your glory revealed in the creative beauty of the world around me.
How will I take time today to see Elohim, my Creator God, in my natural surroundings?
Ava Pennington is thoroughly enjoying her second career as an author, teacher, and speaker.
Originally from New York City, she left after a 20-year corporate career as a Human Resources executive. But don’t call her retired! Now, in addition to writing and speaking, she teaches a Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class of 180+ women from September through May each year.
Her newest book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, is published by Revell Books and is endorsed by Kay Arthur, founder of Precepts Ministries International.
Ava has written for national Christian magazines, as well as for more than 25 anthologies, including 19 Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
When she’s not writing and teaching, Ava loves to read, but she hasn’t had much time to read for the past several months. She and her husband have been adjusting to having 2 Boxer puppies in their home. Duke & Daisy are now 10 months old. The energetic puppies have caused Ava & Russ to feel their age and seek help, so now they’re attending weekly Puppy Obedience classes – and learning more than the puppies!