What Creation Tells Us

August 1, 2021

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.” 27 So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female. 28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.” 29 God also said, “Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This will be food for you, 30 for all the wildlife of the earth, for every bird of the sky, and for every creature that crawls on the earth—​everything having the breath of life in it—​I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good indeed. Evening came and then morning: the sixth day.

Genesis 1:26-31

Written by Dave Kruse from the West Franklin Campus

These are a few of my favorite things: my wife’s chicken and pepper meal, those moments my son pushes through a challenge, a carefree day at the beach, and ministry leaders who strive to engage with the mission of our church. These things bring satisfaction because they are just so good.

You know what else is good? God.

Now before you tune out the Sunday School answer, consider it. God is good. If you’ve been in church, your inner voice may be responding, “All the time.” How do we know God is good? We can start with creation. Creation ascribes to God the characteristic of goodness. Read Genesis 1. How many times in this chapter does it say “…it was good,” or some form of that phrase? Unless I can’t count, my Bible has that phrase five times. In 31 verses, creation is called good five times.

Before sin entered the world, everything was very good. Why? That’s simple. Because creation flows out of God. Creation can only be good if it comes from something or someone good. Good does not beget mediocre or bad. God’s goodness produces goodness. So when we look at the goodness of creation, we look at the goodness of God. Creation shows us that God’s plans are good. That means we can read God’s goodness into all His plans.

Wait…read those last two sentences again.

ALL of God’s plans are good. That includes His plan for you. He’s not looking to punish you or frustrate you, or any other negative thought you may have about God’s plans. His plan for you is good! And His plan for you includes providing a way for you to be brought back to restored relationship with Him. That plan is Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. Guess what? That plan is good. In fact, it is very good. So, as you consider who God is, don’t forget to praise Him for being good!

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. When you consider the characteristics of God, do you ever reflect on His goodness? Take some time to do that now.
  2. When you look at your relationship with God, how do you view Him? Is He good? Is He there to punish you? He is something else? Spend time asking God to help you understand (and possibly accept) that His plan for you is good.
  3. If possible, start a conversation with another person, and share with that person how God has been good to you.

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