Scripture Reading Reflection (Genesis 1-2)

My overall insight:

This is a very familiar scripture for me. If you grew up in the church this is a scripture that is taught to almost every year child. In Genesis it is where the word of God makes it clear that God is indeed the creator of all life. Now as a biology major, I am well aware that this is one of the most challenging hurdles for individuals to overcome in the belief in God. In a rational persons mind you can’t help but think, “How can a person do this, create the world?” Well I think that is the point. God is not a person…..He is God. You can not apply the limitations of man to God.

I found this particular scripture reassuring and encouraging today. Today is the first day of 2017. As I sit and think about the goals I have laid out, I can’t help but feel a little bit overwhelmed. In my mind I begin to think….How can I do this? Then as I read this passage there are a couple of  phrases that are repeated over and over… God would speak the word “Let” followed by what ever His command was. And if you continue to read you will see the word of God says “And it was so”…here is an example:

 ‘And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.’ (Genesis 1:11)

All God has to do is say… “Let” and it will be. Why does this comfort me? I believe the goals I have laid out are really things that God has called and created me to do. In my heart I believe He has said, “Let Shantell do …..” and because He has declared it it will be so. That means whatever obstacle God will allow to come into my path, He has already created a way for me around that obstacle. That means there are no worries, no fears. All I need to do is trust and have faith in his plan for me.

Another phrase that I saw that was repeated was “And God saw that it was good” whenever God created something, when He stepped back, He looked at it and saw that “It was good” Let’s look at the example from verse 11:

‘And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. ‘ (Genesis 1:11-12)

You see not only does God just speak it into existence and it comes to be, He sees that it is good! When God finished creating everything (that includes man and woman) He declared it good. Now I realize that there are “bad people” in the world, however when God created man…He said it was good. Now we know later that mans actions will change things, but what encourages me is Gods intention for us!

New Insight:

One thing I love about God’s word, it never gets old! While I have read this scripture many many times, and I have heard it preached many times, today a passage finally clicked with me. As a women this truly resonated with me. Starting in chapter 2 verse 18 begins the the details about how woman came to be. God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:18)  So God began to bring all the animals before Adam for him to name them. That is what Adam did, however this scripture just jumped at me….verse 20, “The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:20) You see Adam wasn’t just naming the animals, he was looking for a helper among them. Adam did not see one that was fit. It is because of this God created woman, because of all the wonderful things he created, there was nothing suitable already made to help man!

How awesome is that! There is so much that can be said here. But I think the most powerful is Gods intention for the partnership. God was letting Adam choose his helper, and Adam was so picky that God had to create one! I think very often we miss this. It was God’s intention that man and women come together as a partnership of sorts. He gave them a big job to do, and He trusted them with it.

How can I apply this in my walk with Christ

This scripture reading today reminds my of God’s intention for me. They are great. He truly desire great things for me. As a matter of fact, He has already laid them out. The only thing he requires is that I believe in Him and His Son and to trust Him. That is what I will do. So as I go through my day today. When I look at the things God made (the animals, sky, trees and people) I will remember that God created it all, and ultimately is the on in control. And that is good!

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