Summer Devotional and Sermon Series
Week 1/Heroes: Creation
In chapter one of Genesis, we get the bird’s eye view of creation as God speaks and sings it into existence. We get to see the creation of the measurable physical world. In chapter 2, we get to see God’s wisdom as he lays the foundations for society and his breathtaking vision for all of us as his people.
We see an artist, a sculptor, a “creator,” forming a man from the clay and breathing life into his nostrils showing us the care taken in how each of us has been made. He plants him in a garden with a job to take care of the creation. But like an artist, looking at a painting, God decides it needs one last brush stroke. “It is not good for the man to be alone.” As a man and the father of three boys, I know the wisdom of this statement. I can see how each one of them is going to need someone in their lives to give them confidence and encouragement, help them unlock their full potential, or just be that running mate in life’s adventures. God first made Adam look for a partner in all of the creations living creatures and none were satisfactory. Dog is not man’s best friend. It has to be something else. We see the wonder in Adam’s eyes as he sees Eve for the first time. She was like him but not him. The same but different. Two pieces of the same puzzle when brought together completing God’s single vision. People living in harmony with God and with each other taking care of what God has given. This vision is clearly seen in Jesus’ words when he was asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
I know that this vision is broken. That is tomorrow’s topic. But while it may be broken, we know that if it were whole the world would be drastically different for the better. I want to challenge you to start looking at the world differently. Instead of seeing what it lacks (or what your spouse lacks) but to see that what God has made is good. He loves you. He loves the people in your house. They are there because you need them and they need you. Love God. Love others first.