July 13

JULY 13
by Megan Smith
I love going back to the creation story. Genesis chapters 1 and 2 really give me a fascinating insight into God’s character.
 
Our powerful God’s first recorded action is to create. Create! And seemingly for the purpose of delight and enjoyment and goodness. He expanded the universe in marvelous and beautiful ways, brought order to chaos, and commanded living things to grow and flourish. He didn’t create a world that basically worked just enough to get by, but that is absolutely bursting with mind-blowing detail and intricacies.
 
Think even of something simple like a rainbow or a colorful sunset. Certainly we can understand some of the scientific explanation of how those exist, but just seeing one shows me the joy God must have had creating every detail perfectly to show us his pleasure in creating. God saw all of this as good.
 
And then, he made humans to share in his creation. To help take care of it, to cultivate and develop it, and to take joy in it. Man and woman together were the culmination of his very good creation.
 
Can you imagine the love and delight he took in us as he looked down over his good heavens and earth?
I can also imagine how much his heart is broken every time we decide to ignore God’s definition of good, and instead decide to define good and bad on our own terms. Time and again we chose to go against God’s ways, and his good earth becomes spoiled.
 
Thanks be to God that he continually reaches out to us, that his love is never ending! That he came to us in Jesus to begin to fix all the goodness we have undone.
 
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
Hebrews 1:3
 
Not only did the Father send Jesus to purify us, but his powerful word is continually sustaining all things. That means, despite all the destruction we bring, he is consistently working in his good creation. In all parts of creation, even when it seems hard to find. Our God is creative enough to bring joy and delight and goodness even now.
 
And that is very, very good.
Our Father, who delights in us and loves us without fail, thank you for the creativity you have infused into creation. Let us use that creativity to do your will within it as you sustain all things. Give us humble hearts to repent when we miss the mark and joy thereafter because of your forgiveness. Amen

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