Finding Harmony With Our Creator
by Pastor Harold Noble
When I smell the smoke from the wood fire in the winter, it reminds me of the times when I was a little boy living in our hogan. It was during the winter season that the stories of the elders were passed down to the younger generation. I would listen to my grandfather teach us the history and ways of our people. Now I am an elder, and it is my responsibility to pass along the important truths for this life and the one to come.
Our Creator Has Spoken
There is within all of us a natural yearning to understand our beginnings and to know the One Who has created all things. I learned at a young age that the Creator speaks through His creation. God’s written Word affirms this. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork” (Psalm 19:1). “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
Oral traditions vary among tribes, but the Creator Himself has preserved an accurate account of our beginnings. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). I’m glad that the answers have been preserved for us and for all mankind in His written Word which includes the Book of Beginnings, called Genesis.
We have lost our sacred harmony in four areas: (1) harmony with our Creator—sin brought separation, (2) harmony with ourselves—sin brought fear and shame, (3) harmony with others—sin brought selfishness and blame, and (4) harmony with creation—sin brought sweat, toil, and death (Genesis 3:7-13).
Our Creator’s Word is Truth
This is the message that must be handed down to each generation. It is from the written Word, the Bible, that we understand the oldest of all traditions. God’s Word can be trusted. This is why I have dedicated my life to preach the Gospel. “We…preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless He left not Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:15-17).
God’s written Word has no mistakes. We can share with confidence what our Creator has revealed about Himself and how we are to worship—not through religious effort, but through a joyful relationship with Him. “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full” (I John 1:4). “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (I John 5:13). “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (II Timothy 3:16-17). This is the powerful truth that all people should know.
Our Creator’s Work is Complete
God has completed the work necessary to restore harmony for all mankind. He sent His Son Jesus to save us. Jesus died on the cross for our sins. “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
We must understand that sin separates us from God. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We are all guilty before God and deserve a sentence of death for our rebellion. “There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God” (Romans 3:10-11).
Our good works are not good enough. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…” (Titus 3:5). “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). This is the powerful truth that will change lives.
The most important decision you can make for this life and eternity is to trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior. Admit that you have sinned against your Creator. Believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God Who died for your sin and defeated death by rising from the grave (I Corinthians 15:3-4). Pray from your heart, asking Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-13; I John 4:13-16).
Our Creator’s Presence is Harmony
When you trust in Jesus as your Savior, you will experience harmony. Genuine harmony in every area of your life is a priceless gift that only the Creator can give you. Through faith in Christ, God accepts you into His family, gives you a new life, and frees you from your past.
“If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life…nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:31-39
“For God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” – II Corinthians 4:6
Harmony with others can also be restored as God’s Holy Spirit indwells you (I Thessalonians 3:12). God uses local churches to provide fellowship and encouragement, along with the Bible preaching and teaching that molds our lives into harmony with His will (Romans 12:1-2). For many years now, I have experienced the great joy of learning the history and ways of our Creator from God’s written Word. Your loving Creator wants you to find this same harmony with Him.
Pastor Harold Noble was a greatly respected leader in Navajo Nation, serving on the Navajo tribal council. He pastored his local church in his community of Steamboat for over forty-five years. His clan is Tséńjíkiní (Cliff Dwellers People), born for Tódídích’íinii (Bitter Water People), and Tábaahí (Water Edge People) maternal grandfathers and Tótsohnii (Big Water People) paternal grandfathers.
Harold and his wife Annie were blessed with four daughters and two sons, seventeen grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. His family helped produce Navajo Redemption, the drama of his life story.
“Shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength, and His wonderful works…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments.” – Psalm 78:4-7
“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.” – Proverbs 20:7