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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.

 

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest. Matthew 9:35—39, KJV.

God’s Call Can Be Difficult

Last year I attended a Home Missionaries Conference. I was surrounded by people who were driven by a call to reach their city, but who were also tired, weary, and broken. One man walked up to the pulpit to testify, but began to weep. He said, “I was asked to speak about all of the amazing things that is happening in our church, but to be honest I’m so discouraged. I just lost my job, my wife is pregnant, and even though I believe we are called to this city, I am questioning God’s purpose.”

His honest emotion evoked tears into my eyes and I saw thousands of people moved with compassion. People from every aisle began to move from their seats and place cash and checks on the pulpit. I was crying, praying, and thanking God for this amazing miracle of provision. The call of compassion was answered and this man and his precious family received a love offering of over $6,000 within five minutes.

Jesus chooses to feel your brokenness, your pain, and your anxiety. He is moved by compassion over you.

Sometimes we are so focused about how society is reaching people, but I don’t care how culture reaches for them! I care how Jesus reaches for people!

Reflection

Today, take a few minutes to:

  • Write down the moments when you felt God’s compassion for you.
  • Write down times when a person was moved by compassion on your behalf. How did that make you feel?
  • Now ask, “how can I be moved with compassion?” “How can I make a difference in someone’s life.”

Prayer:

Lord, I pray that You would help me to have an empathic spirit so I can share people’s struggles and brokenness. I desire to be moved by compassion, like You are, and meet people’s needs.  

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

I remember the exact moment when I finished reading though the Bible for the first time. I was in my second year at Bible College and I was snuggled in bed. Up to this point I had tried to finish reading my Bible through in a year, but without success. However, something shifted in me when I became resolute to know God more, I became addicted to reading the Bible every chance I had.

The moment I checked off the last box in my Bread Calendar, I felt as if I had just finished running an Olympic Marathon. I was elated beyond words! Do you know that feeling of butterflies you get when you fall in love? Well, that is exactly how I felt. I fell madly deeply in love with God and the love letters He wrote for me. I remember taking my Bible, hugging it and telling God, “Thank you for Your Words of life.”

Falling In Love

Ever since that moment, I have fallen more in love with God and His word. The Bible is unsearchable—it will always have something fresh for you to learn—it will always minister to you—and it will be a shining light in the darkest moments.

Whenever I teach Bible studies, I always say:

“The Bible is the only book you will read that the author will speak directly to you.”

God is always looking for an opportunity to speak to His people. Sometimes He will speak to you in prayer, other times though the guidance of a spiritual leader, but many times He will strengthen you through His Word of Life.

If you have been praying for an answer, seeking confirmation, needing reassurance, or desiring a closer walk from the Lord, then I encourage you to make time to read the Bible today. I promise that it can change your life.

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for Your word. I pray that I would fall more in love with the Bible everyday because I want to grow in my relationship with You. I desire to know the sound of Your voice; the voice of my shepherd. I believe that You know exactly what I need, so I pray that You will lead me to scriptures that will help me grow. In Jesus name, amen!