Some People

Some people will never see the ocean, but they will know that it exists

Some people will never hold a million dollars, but they will strive for it

Some people will never set foot on Mount Everest, but they will believe that it stands

Yet, some people will never recognize God and they will assume He doesn’t exist

Some people…

“I tell you,” he replied, ” if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

Luke 19:40


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Good & Order – Seeing Creation with Fresh Eyes

After 11 years, my Bible was looking pretty worn out. Random scribbles from children. Pages pulling away from the spine. A hodge podge of highlighting, underlining & notes. It was time for a new one.

I had heard of chronological bibles before and was curious. The idea of studying God’s word in chronological order intrigued my linear-thinking brain. I delight in structure and step-by-step processes.

My sweet hubby honored my request for a chronological bible for Christmas and it is without a doubt one of the nicest gifts I have ever received. I treasure time in God’s Word. This new version is helping me read scripture with fresh eyes.

Take for instance, the Creation story. If you’re familiar with this story, you may recall…

On the first day, God created light.

On the second day, He created sky.

On the third day, He created the seas, dry land, and vegetation.

On the fourth day, He created the sun, moon, and stars.

On the fifth day, He created the creatures of the sea and sky.

On the sixth day, He created the creatures of the land and mankind.

On the seventh day, he rested.

I’ve read this story a number of times. It’s easy to skim over it and think, “Yea, I know that story. It’s the creation story.” But what can easily be missed is what is beneath the surface — the evidence of God’s character.

From this story, we see that God is a God of order. He had a plan. A plan which He executed precisely. He didn’t haphazardly throw things together. He created in a linear, orderly fashion.

We see that God is a God of Light. He broke through the darkness. He created a greater light to govern the day and a lesser light to govern the night. With Him, there is no darkness.

We also see that God is good. At the end of each day, God saw that what He created was good. When He saw that something was not good, He changed it. After creating man, He saw that it was not good for man to be alone, so He created woman. He didn’t just say it was good. He said it was VERY good. {Sorry, just had to slip that in there, guys.}

From this story, we see that God sees the big picture. He is all-knowing and all-seeing. Someone with an earthly perspective might try to chalk up any one of these events to climate change or some other human explanation, but God knew what He was doing.

This story also reveals that God is caring. He created and blessed mankind. He gave us plants for food and authority over animals. He gave man and woman each other. He desires the good of mankind.

Because this story is so familiar to us, we risk letting its impact fade. We must seek to see His story with fresh eyes. Too many of us have fallen into the trap of believing that God is distant and disconnected from our lives. We need reminded that He is good and caring. Too many of us blame God for the darkness and chaos in the world. We need to remember that with God there is light and order. Darkness and chaos do not come from Him. Too many of us feel lost and wonder why it is that God has forgotten about us. We need reminded that God has a plan and He wants each of us to be a part of it.

If life feels chaotic,…

If parts of it are shrouded in darkness,…

If God feels distant,…

perhaps it’s time for you to join the story…His story.


 

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