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Angela Overton

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So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27, KJV.

I am enamored with the Genesis creation narrative and have always thought the conversations of origin and worldview to be fascinating. Most people during their lifetime will ask themselves, “Why am I here? What is my purpose? Who is my creator?”

I remember when I was a little girl asking my mom, “If God created me, who created God?” It is amazing that you an I are masterpieces designed by a God who has no creator; because he is the master creator. Without God everything would cease to exist.

Last year as I was teaching a Bible study about the creation of the world, I was asked by a disgruntled individual, “If humans are so important to God, then why did He wait to create them last?”

So, I ask you that same question. Why is humanity the last creation in the book of Genesis?

It is because God is a God of divine order.

Incandescent light

Genesis 1:1­­–2 begins with an explanation of the earth’s condition before God’s first creative acts declaring, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

God then speaks into the impenetrable darkness and creates light, even before He creates the sun. This incandescent light brings structure to the world and reveals the character of God, who is light (cf: John 1:5).

There is an order of creation. God did not create man first, because He had to first create the things that would sustain man. Before he spoke every animal and insect into existence, he created the grass, herbs, and trees. Before He created the fish, sea creatures, and whales, He created water. And, before He created all things, He created light, which allows all things to grow and prosper.

You are God’s prized creation! You are God’s chosen.

God did not wait to create humanity last because they are the least of His creation; He created us last because He had a divine order of how to take care of us.

You may not understand the pattern of your life, but when you give your life to God, you can trust that He has a master plan and a divine order to take care of you! Continue to trust that He is speaking light into the darkness and keep believing that everything will work together for good to those who love God and called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for having a master plan, even in creation. Whenever I question my purpose, I pray that you would show me how loved I am by You. I may not understand every hill and valley, but I will submit myself to Your divine order and trust You.

 

Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

Think with me for a minute, what would the world (Christianity, the church, the Bible, your life) be like without the story of Job?

The book of Job is a celebrated story of an incredible man who did not forsake God in the highest and lowest parts of his life. Even though I may not go through the exact same things Job endured, I find comfort and strength in his reaction to the calamity the he and his wife suffered.

The Paradox of Suffering

Suffering is not always the repercussions of sin, mistakes, and bad decisions. The elaborate nature of suffering finds its way into the complexities of everyday life, causing me to question my purpose, God’s love toward me. When I suffer, I oftentimes feel like God is disciplining me for something I have done wrong.

The story of Job is encouraging to me because it reveals that suffering is not contingent on the motive of my actions or punishment for my sins.

Job was tried not because he was the worst of men but because he was the best of men.

Philippians 3:10, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.”

 Even our Savior suffered in this world, and He was the sinless, perfect, Lamb of God. Your suffering and pain gives you an opportunity to experience the love of God in a new way, because we fellowship with Him on a deeper level.

What does the story of Job teach me about sharing my story?

For me, Job’s story helps me to feel like I’m not alone in life’s struggles.

His blessings and hardships teach me that it is powerful when I share my experiences and testimonies other people. When we open up about our lives it lets other people know that they are not alone. And, isn’t that something we all long for? The feeling that we are not alone?

 

Job chapter 1 and 2 surveys the heartrending account of Job’s loss. First, he loses his material wealth and possessions, and then he learns that all of his children died in a desert windstorm.

There are still terms that lack in our world. For instance, there is a word to describe the loss of ones parents; an orphan—there is a word to describe the loss of a spouse; a widow—but, there is not a word in the English language to describe a parent who suffers the loss of a child.

Certain experiences go against the grain of normality—I cannot begin to conceptualize the depth of Job’s anguish. When Job learns that his sons and daughters have been killed, he falls to the ground, puts ash on his head, and cries out in lament.

Job 1:20 states, “THEN Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped.”

Job took his grief to the LORD.

However, just because Job took his pain to the God, did not mean that his grief was going to vanish. These scriptures are a testament that he knew who to turn to when everything was stripped from his life.

The Bible later states in Job 2:11 that Job did not sin with his lips, even though he was in a place of despair. Grieving is not a sin, it is is part of our healing process. Psalm 34:18 declares, “God is close to the brokenhearted.” If your life is in pieces, God wants to be close to you.

We serve a God who is touched by the feeling of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15).

Every time you have endured a loss, heartache, and even betrayal—God shares your pain. Every time you have shed a tear and cried out to the Lord, it is as though God is sitting right beside you, holding you in your darkest times.

We are not created to carry our grief alone. Cast all your care upon the Lord today, He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).