January 22, 2017
For everything God created is good…
1 TIMOTHY 4:4
Genesis 1 gives us a unique insight into God, and the obvious pleasure He derives from creating out of nothing a universe with stars and worlds and lifeforms, a world of color and contrasts and variety, and most wonderfully, of order. And God saw that it was good.
Order is a wonderful thing. Psalm 19 tells us that the sun loves to run its course. It can’t wait to start each day. It’s bummed that it has to give way to the night. But it does. In fact, the dependability of this world – the fact that “the sun’ll come up tomorrow” – is so fixed in God’s mind that he swears by it to assure Jeremiah that his word will come true.
This is what the Lord says:
“If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night,
so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time,
then my covenant with David my servant…can be broken.”
J. Lucas Waters ponders the God of order:
All of God’s creation is one of order. All of creation is ordered by a rule. The sun cannot be “enticed” from his path; the sky cannot be “beckoned”.
Thus we see the recognition of order in the natural world. But we see it also in the affairs of mankind – the commonwealth is instituted by God and ruled by law, and the house must be built according to the standard of some measurement.
Everything in creation, from the cosmic trail of the sun to the minutest measurement of a house’s frame is orderly because God has created it so.
The only being in creation who willfully does not act according to the order in which God has created him is man.
As Randall Gruendyke helps us think on the God of Genesis 1 this coming Sunday, may our hearts leap at the thought of living in ways that acknowledge his creative Lordship over our lives. He is the Potter, and we are the clay. And that is very, very good!