Monday, September 15, 2014

If: Equip Genesis 1:1-10

I did IF:EQUIP throughout lent, but was not as faithful to write things down as I wish I had been.

I'm going to try to get back on to doing this regularly on the blog. No promises, but starting at the very beginning seemed like a "very good place to start"

IF: EQUIP Genesis



Read Genesis 1:1-10
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
 
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If this is true:
What does it mean about God?
To me this shares that God puts great value in words. Words have the ability to build up, to create, or to destroy. There is something so beautiful about God calling creation "good" not okay or decent, but good. The earth is good as it is created, the light is good as it is created. God's intention for the world is good.
 
What does it mean about you?
Does that mean God's intention for me is good too? I think yes. My hope is that I too can bring words and actions of "goodness" through the mercy of Jesus. As one who struggles daily to use words to build up the kingdom of God, through Bible study through sermons through daily conversation, I strive to reflect God's goodness. Many many times I fall short, but hopefully I can give a glimpse into the peaceable kingdom.
 
What does it mean about the world?
If God was present "in the beginning" perhaps God is present in every beginning. Every time we take on a new venture, every time we begin a new ministry, every time we have a do-over, God is there speaking words of blessing and encouragement. With God's blessing may we live into that "good" word.

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