Sixth And Final Day Of Creation

Sixth And Final Day Of Creation

Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”–Genesis 1:31

The sixth day of Creation—the final day of creation—has ended and God has decided it was a good day. Beyond that, He reviewed all He had made and determined everything He created was very good. The obvious take away from this verse is everything God created was good, but we see so much more than that. God is giving us another example of how we should view what we do in His name.

By looking at completion of all He created, He is teaching us to focus on the present. Read over today’s verse again and take note of the first sentence. “Then God saw everything He had made, and indeed it was very good.” At no time does the Bible say, “for now”, or “but things were going to get worse”. God already knew what mankind was going to do and had made plans to deal with what would take place. Instead, He is focusing on what He has just created.

Too often, we become jaded by the world around us and the people we must deal with. Take, for example, someone with an addiction. You can, with the noblest of intentions, do all within your power to help them overcome. Once they are clean, you feel the sacrifices you made were worth it, but before you know it, the addict returns to his or her addiction. Out of love, or the sense of responsibility, you, again, do what you can. Again, success, and, again, a return to the addiction. You begin to see the inevitable return to addiction before they ever set foot on the path to sobriety. And this is just one example; talk about disheartening.

This is why we need to follow God’s example. Do good for the sake of good. Even if you know things will go wrong in the future, focus on the present. When we begin to question why we even bother to do good, we forget what God can do with the good we’ve done. Reconsider the addiction scenario. When we help someone for the fifth or sixth time—wondering why we still bother to help at all—we forget God is helping us. If we give up after the fourth intervention, we rob the addict of the chance to find God after the fifth intervention. Just because there is a pattern of reverting back to the old ways, it doesn’t mean God can’t break that pattern.

Regardless of how many times you help someone, or do good in your own life, focus on that. We know the future is in God’s hands so let’s trust Him to take care of it. Continue to do what you can and do it in God’s name, He will see that good comes from your efforts.

Fourth Day Of Creation Has Passed

Fourth Day Of Creation Has Passed

So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”–Genesis 1:19

We have come, again, to another of what I call “skip over verses”. When we read these, we tend to give them only the briefest notice because they seem to have no meaning or value. We often see this attitude whenever we read the Biblical genealogies; upon seeing the word “begat”, people tend to cringe. Yet all of these verses, no matter how insignificant they seem to us, are an important part of God’s Word. So, you might ask, what is the significance of this verse? This verse is important because it shows us both an ending and a beginning.

The obvious ending—and one of the reasons it’s value seems lessened—is it tells us the fourth day is completed. God completed three days of creation before this, so it is just following a pattern…right? Wrong. The end of this particular day means that God has finished preparing the world to support life. He has provided the food, light, guidance, and protection the living will need to survive. With all of these things set in place, it is the beginning of our world as God intended for it to be.

Every day God gives us is important, whether it is our first day of life, or our thirty-five thousand, two hundred and sixty-second day of life. (This is not a random number. It is the number of days my grandmother lived, and on that last day, she finally got to see her Savior face to face.) Each day is given to us by God, so no matter what it brings, we need to treasure it.

If you are lost, today is your fourth day. Everything has been prepared; even the price for your sins has been paid. All you need to do is confess your sins to God, ask for His forgiveness, and accept Jesus as your savior. Only then will you see the life that awaits you.

Rule Over And It Is Good

Rule Over And It Is Good

“And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.”–Genesis 1:18

The Book of Genesis focuses a good many verses on the firmament, the sun, moon, and stars. So far, we have seen God’s protection for our planet, the light and warmth of the sun, the gravitational pull of the moon, and the guidance of the stars. We have seen each of these applied to our lives. We see God’s plan for the sun to rule over the day and the moon to rule over the night reiterated in this verse. In each of these we are reminded that what God has made is good. And yet, this verse contains two words that mankind, including many Christians, has trouble with–”rule over”.

Man’s first thought when we hear how God wants to rule over us, is to rebel. To be ruled over gives the image of always being at someone’s mercy. Submission, especially to One who knows our every thought and every deed, goes against man’s nature. “Man’s nature”, however, is a false expression. It is a twisted version of God’s original plan for us. Our first nature was to worship God and have no other gods before Him. We were intended to walk with Him on a daily basis. Satan, in failing to overthrow his Creator, chose, instead, to corrupt His children. Through the temptation of Eve—and through her, Adam, he managed to corrupt the world God had created for us.

In succumbing to this, and every temptation since, we have allowed ourselves to be ruled over by a mockery of all that is holy. Mankind traded a loving God for a condemned and angry creature. We are at his beck and call, ready to turn our back on that which is good at the drop of a hat. It is time to return to what God intended for us.

To follow the rule of God is not to be at His mercy, it is to be surrounded by his mercy. It is to be under His protection, led by His pull, and guided by His light. When we put ourselves in His hands, we become so much more than we ever thought we could be. No longer do we have to live with guilt and shame at the things attributed to human nature. Our lives, when they are not our own, are immensely more free when we are in submission to Him.

When we accept the rule of God in our lives, he divides the light and darkness, making things clearer for us. Daily, we submit to the things of this world that can give us nothing. Isn’t it time we should turn it all over to the One who can give us everything? You will see, as God saw, that it truly is good.

Carnal Vapours And Exhalations

Carnal Vapours And Exhalations

“It is not the distance of the earth from the sun, nor the sun‘s withdrawing itself, that makes a dark and gloomy day; but the interposition of clouds and vaporous exhalations. Neither is thy soul beyond the reach of the promise, nor does God withdraw Himself; but the vapours of thy carnal, unbelieving heart do cloud thee.”–John Owen

Two Great Lights To Rule

Two Great Light To Rule

“Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule over the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also.”–Genesis 1:16

Here in the northern hemisphere, summer is upon us and the sun is making its presence known. At times, it feels as though it is more oppressive dictator than ruler, yet, it is how God made it. Once the sun goes down, the moon rises and a serene peace settles over the land. Both have a purpose. Even when the clouds do their best to obscure either, though you might not see them, they are still there. Not only did God create them, He placed them in the exact spot they needed to be for our benefit.

THE SUN

The distance from the earth to the sun is approximately 93 million miles. (In January, the distance is only 91 million miles, while in July the distance increases to 94,5 million miles.) If the distance varied beyond this these extremes, life would not be possible. Too close and we would burn up; too far away and we would freeze. The sun’s surface temperature is 5800° Kelvin (9980.33° F or 5526.85° C), while its core is 15,600,000° Kelvin (28, 079,540° F or 15,599,726.85° C). Its is 1,390,000 km or 863,705.9572 miles in diameter, and is 70% hydrogen, 28% helium, and 2% other. Every second, the sun releases 386 quintillion (386,000,000,000,000,000,000) megawatts of energy. It is easy to see why God created it to rule the day; it is also easy to see how it isn’t a result of random chance.

THE MOON

The moon is only 384,400 km (23,8855.086 miles) from our planet and is 3476 km (2159 miles) in diameter. Due to its size and location, the moon affects earths gravity. Its pull causes high tide to the side of the earth closest to it and low tide to the side farthest away. The moon’s pull also affects the speed of the earths rotation, causing it to slow, adding 2.3 milliseconds per century to the length of our day. If the moon were to come closer than 363,300 km (225,700 miles), the planet would suffer massive flooding in the coastal area. If it were farther away than 405,500 km (252,000 miles) away, the earths orbit would decrease even greater. It would finally reach the point where the earth and the moon would rotate at the same speed, causing one side to have a constant full moon while the other would never see it. Again, the moon is precisely where it needs to be.

IN OUR LIVES

What are the two great lights in our lives? The first, obviously, is God in all His glory. It is the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit who leads and guides us, who we surrender ourselves to completely. He is the source of our energy and our life. Unlike the sun so far from where we are, however, God is always with us.

To see the second great light in our lives, we must look at the relationship between the sun and the moon. Moonlight is not a true representation of what we see when we look up at night. The moon itself generates no light on its own. The purpose of the moon is to reflect the light of the sun on the parts of the world which does not see the sun. While being a reflection of God is what we, as Christians, are supposed to do, we are not that second great light. At our best, we are but a pale reflection.

What, then is this second great light? It is the Word of God. Nothing reflects God’s grace and mercy and love better than the Bible. Every question we could ask God in our prayers, He answers in His Word. There are times when we are so troubled that it isn’t easy to pray. Whether it is guilt, sorrow, pain, sickness, or whatever, there are times when it seems our prayers are going no higher than the ceiling. It is at these times we can always go to His Word. It gives us His instructions, His chastisement, and even the assurance of His forgiveness. If God is the great light that rules over our days, then His Word will get us through the night. It is a blessed reminder that even if it seems He is a world away, His light still shines on us.

GOD MADE THE STARS ALSO

The final sentence of this verse seemed out of place…at first. Haven’t we already discussed the stars, the lights in the firmament, put there to guide us? Why is it mentioned again after the creation of the two great lights? It is to remind us that the sun and the moon are our primary guides; the stars not our primary source of light. God wanted to make sure we knew this. In applying it to our lives, we are to rely on God and His Word first and foremost. If we need any guidance beyond this, God will provide it through His children. Our brothers and sisters may encourage us, but only because God encouraged them first.

The heavens are not made up of just the sun, or just the moon, or stars. All of these are needed to truly see the glory that fills the firmament. Neither can we choose to have just God, His Word, of His children in our lives. If we choose God, then we need His Word to guide us and His children for companionship and Fellowship. To choose just His Word, we would quickly discover that we need Him as well. If we were to choose just His children, then we would find that, without God and His Word, there would be no fellowship. We can’t choose to have just one or two of these, we require all three to live the life God chose for us.

Let God be the greatest light in your life and you will desire the rest.

Bitter And Sweet Partaken Together

Bitter And Sweet Partaken Together

If there were no night, we would not appreciate the day, nor could we see the stars and the vastness of the heavens. We must partake of the bitter with the sweet. There is a divine purpose in the adversities we encounter every day. They prepare, they purge, they purify, and thus they bless.”–James E. Faust