Dr. Dan Hayden • 

Are you a creative person? Can you think up things and make them happen? Well, when it comes to creating things, there is no one like God. That’s our word for today – “create.”

Artists and writers and architects and engineers are all creative people. But when you think about it, none of them are truly original. They merely copy, in some form, what God has already done.

In Genesis 1:1 we are introduced to God’s creative ability. We read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” As you read on in Genesis 1, you discover that:

  • His creation of the heavens included the sun and moon and all the stars.AND
  • His creation of the earth included water and soil and vegetation and fish and birds and mammals and even man himself.

Just look around at all these things. It is incredible what God created!

The word “create” is the Hebrew word “bara,” which means “to form or make or produce something.” In its intensive form it means “to cut down,” or “to carve a piece of wood,” and the idea is – to impress your force or control over something.


So, God created the heavens and the earth.

  • He formed the stars and hung them in the sky.
  • He made the waters and carved the mountains and valleys into the earth.
  • He crafted the grasses and trees and shrubs and flowers, and made them beautiful to behold.
  • The incredible variety of fish and birds and reptiles and mammals were formed by His creative imagination, AND
  • Man and woman with the wonder of love was His idea.

What a marvel – God created! This word “bara” is used only of the work of God. Only God can truly create.

Now you know the real meaning of the word.

All of us enjoy what God created – so why not thank Him today for what He did.