January 6, 2021 — The Creator’s Perfect Plan

The universe—and you—began in the mind of God; at first, everything was “very good.”

Genesis 1:31 says, “God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” Some people ask, “How could God make the whole universe in just six days?” We might better ask, “Why did it take Him so long?” He could have made everything in one nano-second! But God is a God of purpose and order, and the special way He made everything reflects this. Notice that the six days of creation are arranged in two threes. On the first three days, He formed the various environments; on the following three, He filled them. On Day 1, He separated the light from the darkness, preparing outer space. On Day 2, He separated the waters on the earth from the waters in the atmosphere. And on Day 3, He separated the seas from the land and gave the land vegetation. On Day 4, He filled what He had formed on Day 1: with the sun, moon, and stars in outer space. On Day 5, He filled what He had formed on Day 2: with creatures in the sea and birds in the sky. Then on Day 6, He provided inhabitants for the land: first animals, then, finally, human beings. This pattern of forming and filling was beautifully shown when “the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life” (2:7). This is what God does with all those who put their trust in Him. He forms us anew and then fills us with all the blessings of Christ. As Paul wrote, “God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor 4:6). If you accept the light of God’s truth, you receive life in God’s Son. So we read, “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23). Have you received this gift of life?