There’s a reason why God’s creation is good.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
The first three days of creation are about how God forms the world. The universe isn’t just a jumble of random things – there is an order and a structure.
God carefully creates homes for all different kinds of creatures. Animals live on the land, in the sky, and in the sea, so they all have their special place. Even night and day have a purpose in creation – living things need night and dark to sleep so they can work in the day (and for nocturnal animals it’s the other way around). Every element has a purpose, and serves God and his creation in the way God has prepared for it. It’s perfectly crafted for humans, the crown of his creation, to thrive in.
It’s not just good – it’s good specifically for us.
Later on in the Bible, Jesus talks about going to heaven to prepare a place for us. It’s hard to imagine, but it’ll be an even better place than the first creation that was ruined by sin. There could be light and dark, sky and sea and land, or even other things that we can’t even fathom yet.
The idea of the new creation is like the prize at the end of the race that keeps us running forward. And the best thing about it isn’t the trees or the sun. If it turns out that some of those sorts of things aren’t there, it won’t really matter. Because we’ll actually be close to God in a way that no one has ever experienced since the Garden of Eden.
Head: Think of some things listed in this account of creation that you encounter every day
Heart: Do you think much about the world around us belonging to God?
Hands: How does it affect the way you live knowing how the world was created?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we praise you for your creation. You made every part of the world that sustains us every day. And you also made all the parts of the world that we can’t see, and barely think about. We know that we take your creation for granted. Help us to see the goodness in it, just a taste of the better world that is waiting for us. In your name, Amen.
A song to listen to: All Creatures of Our God and King