During the pie chats we’ve been using real science to prove evolution isn’t true. Now we’re going to look at what actually happened when God created the world. Let’s delve into the creation account, shall we?
1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
Genesis 1:1-5 NIV
God only has to speak and massively complicated things happen like creating light, space, and the earth from nothing. All in a 24 hour period! If that’s not power…I don’t know what is. He just has to speak and whatever He wants done automatically happens. Let’s keep going and see what happens next in this well thought out plan of His.
6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
Genesis 1:6-13 NIV
Why do you think plants were created chronologically before the sun? After all, plants need photosynthesis to function, right? Does this seem at all strange to you?
Notice plants were created before the sun. That means plants were existing prior to the process of photosynthesis. For that day, they were sustained solely because God wanted them to live and He has the power to make that happen. Let’s keep going.
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:14-27 NIV.
That’s a lot of work for six days! So much so that God rested the day after. So what was the point in all that work?
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
Colossians 1:15 -16 NIV
All things have been created through Him and FOR Him. What does this mean for us if we are Christians? It means God has a purpose for each of us being here right now. The same way He has a purpose for everything else He’s created. It’s time we addressed the elephant in the room that can make all of this more difficult.
Worry can eat at us, day in and day out weather we want it to or not.What general things do you worry about? No need to be specific or anything like that...
We like to be in control of our lives, or at least have some illusion that we are. This is really the whole reason the world is in the mess it’s in. As Christians we have to ask ourselves questions, since we are created for God to be able to do what He wants with us, are we living our lives in such a way so that can happen? Do we trust God’s purpose for each of our lives? Do we actually trust God to take care of us?
When you worry, what types of things do you do or think about to stop?
Jesus addresses the nagging issue of worry right in the middle of his Sermon on the Mount. He knows it happens, it’s not throwing Him for a loop when we do worry.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. It’s not about what we feel like doing all the time, and this doesn’t happen overnight. We’re humans. We mess up. So what are we called to do when we do worry?
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 NIV
Humble ourselves. This is not easy. That means making a change in who’s in charge. What if He doesn’t solve my problems in the way, and with the timeline, I expect? Transfer of authority is tough. The cool thing is, God, who created the universe and keeps all of that going, also cares about the little details of our lives. He knows everything we actually need, but He still wants us to talk to Him about it. Just like we talk to any of our other friends. God is not far off somewhere, but rather, He is deeply involved and concerned about aspects of our lives we may not even be aware of, because we’re only seeing ourselves from our point of view. Listening to what God has to say about us is just as important, that’s why we have scripture in the first place, as knowing we can come to him whenever we want with what’s on our minds.