God Created

Guiding Scripture 

Genesis 1:26–31

[26] Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

[27] So God created man in his own image,

in the image of God he created him;

male and female he created them.

[28] And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” [29] And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. [30] And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. [31] And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (ESV)


Reflection

Think of a time when you observed something that staggered you. Maybe it was a landscape, maybe it was the view of your spouse on your wedding day, maybe it was the first seconds of holding your newborn child. What did you feel? Did you cry? Did you get chills? Did you stand silent?

When people who have been saved by the grace of God read this passage in Genesis, it too should stagger us. Consider it. The trinity, God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were in full agreement to create a being like you in their own image. Then, He blessed them, meaning he bestowed special responsibility and privilege to them that he assigned to nothing else in creation.

Have you ever considered that God didn’t have to do any of this? He could have simply allowed things to remain void. Instead, in his sovereign design, he created a people for himself, in spite of their sin and outright rejection of Him. He ordained that it would glorify him to make you, save you, and bring you to himself by way of His son Jesus. 

Application

This is the point that we should be amazed. God did this, and no one else can take credit for it.(Psalm 139:13-16) The truth is, we serve a God who is relational. That truth can bring a scattered heart and mind back into alignment with His will and purposes. Our relationship with him doesn’t mean he can’t live without us, it means He didn’t want us to live apart from his favor. When God created you, it was very good.

Prayer

Creator God, you search me and know all of my ways better than I ever could. I confess that I too often grow numb to the truth that you created me and sustain every aspect of my life. I am thankful for the endless and matchless grace you provide in spite of my shortfalls. Help me live according to it and take each step under its blessings. 



Jim Richman