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.
Battlefield Stern In Verse
“Thank God for the battle verses in the Bible. We go into the unknown every day of our lives, and especially every Monday morning, for the week is sure to be a battlefield, outwardly and inwardly in the unseen life of the spirit, which is often by far the sternest battlefield for souls. Either way, the Lord your God goes before you, He shall fight for you!”–Amy Carmichael
Beginning In The Beginning
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”–Genesis 1:1
I struggled most of Friday with writing this morning’s post. Several verses came to mind that would have made wonderful lessons, but I could find no words to accompany the verses. Time and again I would sit back, stare at the mostly-empty page, then discard the verse and start again. After numerous attempts, it finally came to me; go back to the beginning…literally. We know that to do anything, there has to be a beginning; and the best—the most successful—beginnings include God. In Colossians 3:17, we read these words. “And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”
Often, when we feel led to do something for the Lord, we believe everything is up to us. We believe God has put the thought in our head then turned us loose to perform the task. God gets left behind before we even start. By not including Him in every part of the job, we choose to load ourselves down with unnecessary burdens. When we discover there is no chance of success, we want to blame God…after all, it was His plan.
This is why it is so important to make sure God is in the beginning of everything we do. If God is in the beginning, He will remain with us until the end. Deuteronomy 31:6 assures us of this. “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” In the New Testament, Hebrews 13:5, to be exact, God’s Word reassures of this. “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
When God puts a task before us, He doesn’t intend for us to do everything. God already has a plan. His Word has gone before us and laid the groundwork for what we must do. All we have to do to see success at the end is to make sure God is in the beginning, the middle, and the end.