THE GOD WHO CAN CREATE WHAT DOES NOT EXIST

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

JANUARY 11, 2024

TOPIC: THE GOD WHO CAN CREATE WHAT DOES NOT EXIST

BY T. O. BANSO

As the scripture says, “I have made you father of many nations.” So the promise is good in the sight of God, in whom Abraham believed—the God who brings the dead to life and whose command brings into being what did not exist” (Romans 4:17 Good News Translation).

The power of God is incomparable. It is awesome! He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; He seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor (1 Samuel 2:8a). God can make good what is bad. He can make better what is good, and make best what is better. Indeed, He is the God who can create what does not exist.

In Genesis 1, the Bible says that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and the earth was formless and empty; darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters (verses 1-2).  Although the earth was formless and empty and darkness was over the surface of the deep, God created what didn’t exist. He commanded that there should be light, and there was light. He saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness (verses 4-5).

For five days after God made light, He created other things that didn’t exist before, the last being man. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27 New International Version). Everything God made was good.

God made Eve from Adam’s rib so that she would be his helper. “So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man” (Genesis 2:21-23 New International Version). 

God can create what does not exist, including a creative miracle. There is no limit to His power. He can create what does not exist but will only do what is consistent with His character and will. As the scripture says, ‘I have made you father of many nations.’ So the promise is good in the sight of God, in whom Abraham believed—the God who brings the dead to life and whose command brings into being what did not exist” (Romans 4:17 Good News Translation). Note the phrase “whose command brings into being what did not exist.” God’s command creates what does not exist. The Contemporary English Version says God “creates new things.” The New Living Translation says He “creates new things out of nothing.” According to the New King James Version, God “calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” That’s how He created the earth in six days and rested on the seventh day. God can create what does not exist.

God said in Isaiah 43:19, “Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (New King James Version). That was exactly what God did for the children of Israel as He led them from Egypt to the Promised Land. Just as He has the power to bring the dead back to life, He can create what never existed before. Have faith in Him.

God is God, not man. Human beings may not be able to create some things that did not exist before, but God can. He is the God who can create what does not exist. The Bible records such displays of the power of God that skeptics express disbelief that such things ever happened.

All the ten plagues that God inflicted on Egypt – water turning to blood, frogs, gnats or lice, flies, livestock pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and the killing of every firstborn son in Egypt to make Pharaoh let the Israelites go were things that didn’t exist before.

Look at the parting of the Red Sea. Only God could have done that. He can create what does not exist. He parted the Red Sea for the Israelites to walk through on the dry ground while making the Egyptians perish in the Sea (Exodus 14:21-31). Similarly, God parted the waters of the Jordan River for the Israelites to cross over on dry ground into the Promised Land (Joshua 3).

In the wilderness, twice God brought water out of the rock for the Israelites and their animals to drink (Exodus 17:1–7; Numbers 20:1–13). He fed them with manna from heaven when they lacked food in the wilderness. Exodus 16:35 says the children of Israel ate manna for forty years until they came to an inhabited land; they ate manna until they came to the border of the Land of Canaan. When the mixed multitude among the Israelites complained about manna and craved meat, God gave it to them (Numbers 11).

Even Moses couldn’t believe that God would feed the people with meat for a whole month, as He had said. “But Moses said, ‘Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?’ The Lord answered Moses, ‘Is the Lord’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you’” (Numbers 11:21-23 New International Version).

Moses didn’t know how God would do what He said. But God is God; Moses wasn’t. God knew how He would do what He wanted to do. “Now a wind went out from the Lord and drove quail in from the sea. It brought them down all around the camp to about three feet above the ground, as far as a day’s walk in any direction. All that day and night and all the next day the people went out and gathered quail. No one gathered less than ten homers. Then they spread them out all around the camp” (Numbers 11:31-32 New International Version).

In 2 Kings 3, the king of Israel went with the kings of Judah and Edom to fight Moab. After a roundabout march of seven days, the army had no more water for themselves or the animals with them.  When the help of the Prophet Elish was eventually sought, he gave them this prophecy: “For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also hand Moab over to you. You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones” (2 Kings 3:17-19 New International Version). Note the phrase “This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord.” It is easy for God to create what does not exist. 2 Kings 3:20 says, “The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was — water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water” (New International Version). God created what didn’t exist before.

The God who can create what does not exist. Believe Him for your miracles. Believe Him for what does not exist. Believe Him for what He has promised in His Word to do. There is nothing that God cannot do as long as it is consistent with His character and will. Jeremiah said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You” (Jeremiah 32:17 New King James Version). In verse 27, the LORD said to Jeremiah, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (New King James Version). 

In John 9:1-12, Jesus gave sight to a man who was blind from birth. He had never had the opportunity of seeing anything in his life because of his blindness. “When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing’” (John 9:6-7 New King James Version). Also, by faith in the name of Jesus, Peter and John, made the man who was lame from his mother’s womb walk (Acts 3).

Believe in the God who can create what does not exist. May God do for you this season the miracle you need, even if it is a creative miracle.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Father, create in my life new things that are in agreement with Your character and will for my life. Do a new thing in my life this year. Create what doesn’t exist before that will bring glory to your name.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

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