A devotional thought from George Robinson for “In God We Trust?”
When we look at the first two chapters of Genesis, we see that God is the all-powerful Creator who spoke into being all that exists (general revelation). He created all things “good” (Gen. 1:25) and proclaimed them together to be “very good” (v. 31).
What does it mean when God speaks of something outside of Himself and describes it as “good”? We are not pantheists, believing that creation is a physical extension of God’s nature. When God, who alone is good (see Luke 18:18-19), describes all that He created as “good,” He is demonstrating that everything is relating in some way or another to Himself. God’s purpose for creation was to reflect His goodness and glory (Ps. 19:1). As the peak of God’s creation order stand Adam and Eve, who were made in the imago Dei (the “image of God”). As image-bearers, mankind has a unique relationship with God that hinges upon worship and obedience.
So in proclaiming all that He created to be “very good,” God affirmed that everything was fulfilling the purpose that God intended. God used good words to create and then used the word “good” to describe what His good words had created. And at least initially, Adam and Eve were living as obedient worshipers, trusting the good words of God.
Today as you encounter our world that was created good but now has so much evil and pain, turn your thoughts to intercessory prayer that God’s kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:10).
Pause and Reflect
• Consider the current state of the world in light of God’s original intention. Mourn over our fallen world, and pray for God’s kingdom to come.
• Consider the current state of your own soul in light of God’s original intention. Mourn over your sins, and pray for God to complete His work in you.