Genesis 1:1-2—“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.”
God is the Great Designer; He knew the end before He ever created the world. He knew what the human condition would be—formless and empty—before He created the earth formless and empty. But God also knew that He would not leave us that way.
Genesis 1:3-5—“Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day’ and the darkness ‘night.’”
The first day of Creation points to Christ. Jesus’ birth was light in a dark world, and He separates light from darkness.
Genesis 1:6-8—“Then God said, ‘Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.’ And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. God called the space ‘sky.’”
On every day but the second, God said it was good. The waters of the heavens being separated from the waters of the earth points to the separation of man from God because of our sin. Even then, our all-knowing God knew that Christ had to die so that He could be a bridge between man and God.
Genesis 1:9-12—“Then God said, ‘Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.’ And that is what happened. God called the dry ground ‘land’ and the waters ‘seas.’ And God saw that it was good. Then God said, ‘Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.’ And that is what happened. The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.”
Just as on the third day of Creation, when the land burst forth from the waters and produced fruit-bearing plants, Christ burst forth from death! Through His resurrection He produces life and growth.
Genesis 1:14-18—“Then God said, ‘Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.’ And that is what happened. God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.”
Day four points to the ascension of Christ. He is the true light—the sun—and the Church is told to be a reflection—the moon—of His light to the dark world we live in.
John 1:1-5 says, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
The enemy will never be able to snuff out what God has done. Before the world was created, God knew that humans would sin, and that Jesus would die for us. And He knew the plan He had in place for each of us.
God has believers on display to the world and to a spiritual dimension we can’t see. We can stand when we believe that Jesus is seated. Jesus paid for our sin debt in full, and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven. We can’t jump through enough religious hoops, give enough money, or attend church enough to gain our way into heaven—Jesus has taken care of all of that, and is now seated so that we can stand! We just have to believe Him.
We can stand when we set our minds above the circumstances. Circumstances can be tests from God to grow us in our faith, or temptations from Satan to slow us down in our Christian walk. Both good and bad circumstances are opportunities to spread the Good News. Colossians 3:1-2 says, “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Imagine what the world would look like if all Christians thought about heavenly things instead of earthly things!
When we trust that God will finish what He started, we can stand. God isn’t like us—our culture is uncommitted, but He is trustworthy. But God always keeps His promises—when He says He will do something, we can trust that He will follow through.
Philippians 1:6 says, “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
We are all works-in-progress. Remember that God always delivers. He did not start something in you just to give up on you. Reflect His glory. Keep your mind on heavenly things, not earthly things. And commit to doing what He has told you to do.
Watch week two of our fall series Echo Here
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