Made very good

When God was done with creation he said everything was good. Wait a minute. Perhaps that’s a mistake. Let’s check scripture.

 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Genesis 1:31

Perhaps God made some stuff after the sixth day. No that can’t be, He rested on the seventh day. (Genesis 2:2) Adam and Eve were very good! Our design is good. It is absolutely splendid. Surely we were designed to please God. It is why we can run, leap, build, draw, invent, sing, write, think and do so many more wondrous things. We were made in His image to be something wonderful. What happened? We have the ability to take what was meant for good and turn it into something terrible. We often call this sin. God is not responsible for this, we are.

Yet in His great mercy he saw fit to pay the price for sin. Jesus did this on Calvary long ago when He was crucified, dying a horrific death. Now we can be saved by believing in Him and accepting him as our lord and Savior.(John 3:16) Once we are saved, do we automatically perform with perfection, producing only good works, everything beautiful and wonderful, like straight A students? It turns out we are still capable of turning really good things into really bad things.

Good becomes bad when we take our strength, and hurt instead of help. It is when we use our mouths to insult and destroy instead of building up and teaching. It is when we use sex as a business, to control, or to feed our lust instead of showing our spouse love. It is when we use our minds for plans of deception and the invention of weapons instead of solutions. Then we no longer please God, the God who in all His love carefully prepared a world that was good and then formed us in His image, to be companions and even more to be His children.

Let us spend our days being what God intended. Let us use our incredible minds, our mouths, our strengths and so many gifts to make the world better and the lives of those around us happier. May God give us the power to be the good He saw when He first formed us.

Another verse

1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

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In the Beginning

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Warm and bright I will set it there for a light

Comfort them, I’ll Sprinkle these across the dark night

With these they’ll dream and contemplate

Hold, love, hope and ponder their fate

Now Rushing, leaping beasts, ice, water cover the face

Hills, Mountains, lakes, rivers set the land in its place

Blooming flowers, nuts and berries, dripping fruits to eat

Creatures, jumping, running, hear the pounding of their feet

Yes! Ready, prepared, for care, for joy, till their last days

With hands form him, Breath, raise him, our image be

Present her now; oh behold what wonder to see

Ah rest our handiwork  complete…

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth….Genesis 1  

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Verses on Creation

 

Hebrews 11:3 

By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

Colossians 1:16 

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

Genesis 1:1-31 

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.

Genesis 2:7 

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

John 1:1-3 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Revelation 4:11 

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

Exodus 20:11 

For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Revelation 14:6-7 

Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

Romans 1:20 

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Hebrews 1:3 

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

2 Peter 3:5 

For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God,

Romans 5:12 

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—

Psalm 19:1 

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Hebrews 1:10 

And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands;

Exodus 20:8-11 

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Job 12:7-9 

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?

A New Baby

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16

My nephew will be witnessing the birth of his first child soon. It was interesting how for a moment I struggled with how to begin this post. If I said “There will be a new life soon,” I would be wrong. My nephew’s child is already alive, just not born. Plenty of doctors can attest to this fact. If I said “we will have a new member of the family soon,” again I would be wrong. This unborn baby is already a part of our lives. There are plenty of gifts, cards and furniture to prove that.

Some might disagree with me. They would call my grand nephew or niece, a fetus and nothing more. They also claim this treasure is not alive, although the doctors, nurses, my nephew and his wife have already had the pleasure of hearing the heart beat on several occasions. The mother has also testified on more than one occasion of how much the baby actually moves. Those who are not alive usually have trouble moving and showing a heartbeat.

Others insist this is not a baby. This wonderful creation has legs, arms, lungs, toes, a mouth ready to eat and a brain capable of capturing information at greater speeds than most adults. This life that exists within my nephew’s wife is a young human, less than a year old. By definition this makes this wonderful creation a baby.

I am sure that killing a creation as just described would be a lot easier if we could just believe that it is not human, not a baby and not alive. However there is nothing biological to differentiate between this creation and the baby we can hold in our hands. The only difference is the state of where they are physically.

The bible makes it clear that it is God that forms us in our mother’s womb and knows us intimately even before we are born. (Isaiah 49:1, Psalms 139:13-16, Jeremiah 1:4-5) Much of our character, likes, dislikes and physical characteristics have already been programmed by our creator. Our genetic material already has the information that will determine if we will be capable, with proper training and nutrition, of throwing a 90 mile per hour fastball, shooting a three pointer or winning a marathon. Although we may not know the inner workings of this wonderful being, God does.

What is our responsibility? To welcome this child into our lives, providing all the love and care we have. It is tragic that many children will not be received likewise. Some will literally never see the light of day.

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The unknown God or the forgotten God

For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god…. Acts 17:23

Paul was surrounded by many of the learned men of his day, philosophers, and teachers; these men had come from all over the world to discuss a multitude of ideas including religion and philosophy.

They took Paul to the Areopagus to discuss God and religion.  Paul noticed all the many gods they had and then he found a rather unique one. He soon became fixated on the statue to the unknown God. Paul knew it was his God that was unknown to them.

Today there are still many gods. A god is what we worship.  We dedicate our lives to our god and we sacrifice to our god.  We love our god and think about our god all the time. Our god is loved above everything else. However for some this god may live in their back pocket, especially if it is money. Their god may live on the television screen or the arena, especially if it is a team.  Their god may live in the refrigerator, or on the golf course or even at the beach.  The priestess of their god may be their boss, especially if it is their job or career. Yet others worship at the feet of science, nature, Mother Earth, or the individual. However none of these are the true God; for He cannot be contained or limited to one place.  He was once the unknown God, but sadly, is now the forgotten God.

This is the generation that considers itself too sophisticated to believe in an almighty, divine God. For them creation is a fable; we simply came along by accident, except there is nothing simple about us.

Scripture says it best, “the fool has said in his heart there is no God.” (Psalms 14:1) Paul explains that God is clearly revealed through his creation, starting with us. (Romans 1:18-20)

We are surrounded by the most complex society that has ever existed, complete with computers, smart phones, GPS, satellites, rocket ships, drones, tablets and the list goes on and on.  All these have teams of designers, inventors, creators that spent countless hours perfecting their inventions. However the most complex creation does not come from an Apple Inc. factory. It is the one reading these words right now.  There is far more information, data, coding and tiny engines within our being, than can be found in any of the most complex inventions, proof of design. Yet we are to believe that we came about by accident.  It would be like blowing up a dictionary and ending up with Hamlet. 

There are many gods, we sometimes serve them unknowingly. Let us choose wisely. For there is only one God who speaks, listens, loves, watches, saves, has a place prepared for us and promises to never leave us.  He is our programmer, our inventor and creator.  His mark is upon our DNA, our minds, and even our souls. He desires to spend all eternity with us. Will you deny Him, forget Him or serve Him?

Abortion, potential forever lost!

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; Jeremiah 5:1

He was born in the woods in a one room log cabin with a dirt floor. There was little money, but plenty of hard work. At a tender age he lost his mother. Although a difficult start to life, his was definitely a life worth living. He became, who many believe to be, our greatest president, Abraham Lincoln.

George Herman Ruth, Jr., was one of 8 children. He was born into poverty and saw 6 of his siblings die due to disease and poverty. He was placed in an orphanage. Later known as Babe Ruth, he become the greatest baseball player of all time.

Dave Thomas, was given up for adoption at birth and his adoptive mother died by the time he was five. He dropped out of school at the age of ten to work at a restaurant. Later in life he founded the chain of restaurants known as Wendy’s.

Life isn’t always easy, but it’s still worth living. What is the value of a life? What value could we place on the contributions of such great pillars as mentioned above and countless others who were adopted or suffered other hardships early in life like Steve Jobs, Jamie Foxx, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Marilyn Monroe, Scott Hamilton, Malcolm X, Bo Diddley, and George Washington Carver and others? Due to poverty and the lack of a stable home perhaps many of the individuals mentioned could have been a candidate for abortion.

Regardless of the obvious value of life there have been over 35 million abortions this year. In the United States 22% of all pregnancies, not including miscarriages, end in abortion. (http://www.worldometers.info/abortions/).

Psalm 139: 3-16 has this to say about life, before birth. 

3 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Among all those abortions were there captains of industry, leaders of nations, and individuals of extraordinary talent or intelligence? We will never know. God places the value of our lives high even before we are born. Call it what you want abortion, termination, murder, choice, but it still ends a life, a life whose potential has been lost forever. A life created by God.

The finest work of art is you!

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. Psalm 139:14

How many of us enjoy a visit to an Art museum? It is filled with treasures, wonderful creations, to tickle the imagination, move the heart and inspire the weakest among us. We analyze, judge and discuss for hours and only hope for more creations at each corner as we walk through its halls. But the beauty of this world cannot be contained in an art museum. It only begins there. In truth there is art all around us. We see it in the city landscape, finely kept gardens, modern parks, buildings, bridges and countless other structures. Now for my taste there is beauty that is greater than all of these. I would happily choose the view of gentle waves crashing along the shore, or the endless array of colors scattered across a forest in the fall. I would stand in amazement before the greatest Mountains and I am easily humbled below the heavenly stars. For the greatest artist of all is God Himself.

What is His greatest work? Not the oceans, the moon or the sun. We are his greatest work! The complexity of man is beyond our imagination, some scientist estimate that a cell’s DNA contains about 4,000 books of 500 pages each of information. Consider how much data is actually stored within each cell and each human being. Consider the uniqueness of each person in appearance, in spirit and especially in imagination. We truly are a wonderful creation.

We should find joy and comfort in knowing that we are God’s greatest work. We are truly a treasure for our creator. He does not look away from us. He watches over us and hears our prayers. He works in our lives for our good and has our eternal future planned. He has no intention of being separated from us.

Paul wrote: 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39) Jesus himself said “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

How much value does our creator place in us. He paid for us with the blood of His son Jesus Christ. Therefore our value is priceless and cannot be measured. Any thought or word that would demean our value and worth is simply a lie. Do not be fooled, we are the greatest work from the greatest artist and our value cannot be measured!

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