Heaven On The Second Day
“And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.”–Genesis 1:8
We see that before God declares another day complete, He takes the time to name the firmament. God has set the barrier of protection in place and called it Heaven. This heaven that separates earth from space, however, is not the Heaven where the saved go where we die. What God has done is put into place a representation of our final home. As individuals, it is above us; as a world, it surrounds us. All we have to do is look up and it is there. It is a visible reminder that He is watching over us.
As believers, God uses his creation to remind us how important we are and what He has in store. He also uses the things made by His hands to remind us of His many promises. We all look to heaven as our final destination, but oftentimes we lose sight of that goal. How do we see the sky? How do we see the sun, the moon, clouds, and stars? We have to look up. We know these things are above us, but unless we lift our eyes towards the heavens we won’t see their exact location. It is the same with God. If we don’t lift up our eyes—our spiritual eyes—we will lose track of God.
On August 21, 2017, a large swath of America witnessed a solar eclipse. People were encouraged to view this event, but only after taking certain precautions. When we lift up our eyes to God, certain precautions must be taken. We must humble our heart and not just set our pride aside, but we must remove it all together. When we do this, we fulfill the sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. We are not broken down to show our failures, but to receive our strength. It is in this moment of brokenness, when we are looking toward heaven, we see our protection. It is then that we see God’s mercy and grace.
We see, again, that God didn’t wait until our lives were bright and cheery to put His protection in place. Our God begins working when we are in the darkest, and lowest, point of our lives. He doesn’t wait until there is no hope to create it; the hope is already waiting for us to look up and see it. Look up, see God’s protection, and thank Him for another day.