This year our church was given a chart to go by so that we could read as one body through the Bible in a year in chronological order and I am very excited about it. To read it in the order of the events I hope will give me an even greater understanding of the word. No matter how many times we read God’s words we cannot say we understand it all completely. There are times when I can read a passage for the 1000th time and suddenly a light bulb turns on and I see it in an even greater light. God gives us the understanding we need as we seek to know him and as we continue to read his word which is living and active. It has the power to change us.
Read (Genesis 1:1-31)
Anyway, as I was reading through the first few chapters of Genesis which I have done many times the words “and God said,” jumped out at me and I started thinking about those three words. When God says anything you can bank on it! His word is the final word on everything! God who has always been and will always be, God had already determined in himself that he would create this earth, that he would give it light and darkness, that he would put vegetation on it, animals, birds, fish, people, everything. Whatever God said is what took place. There was nothing random about any of it. That still holds true today. So many people want to think that random things happen and that God is unaware of the plight of people and our world, but that simply is not so. God allows what he allows when he allows it for his own reason and purpose.
I find peace in that knowing that everything I or we experience on this earth is given by the divine hand of God. It does not matter if it is death, illness, catastrophes, whatever happens, God has allowed it to happen. God’s ways are not our ways, we think we have a handle on all that he is doing and why he would do it, but it comes from a human perspective and what we see as fair and right. God is infinite in his wisdom, we cannot even begin to fathom his reasons for anything. The very fact that God said he would send his own son to die for the sins of the world is amazing to me. God said…I will send…and he did!
If you are walking through some difficulty or even if you are in a season of blessings it is because God said it would be this way. God has determined your steps a long time ago,( Proverbs 16:9), he is already where you are and where you are going. God said…I will never leave you. (Deuteronomy 31:6) When I am going through a hard season of life and I even find it hard to pray I take comfort in knowing that God is with me. I may not feel him near, but I know he is. He says he is with the broken-hearted. (Psalm 34:18)
So, as I was reading how God made everything, I was made to feel even more secure by remembering that God (has said) that he will see me through until the end. (Psalm 23:4) Every day of my life has been planned and made perfect by the God that made the moon and stars and told them where to be. I can rest in knowing if God said it…it is good!
I pray that as you walk through this life that you will rest and feel comforted by the fact that God is with you. You are never alone and whatever God has said in your life is always for your good and his glory, even if it does not feel that way at the time. (Romans 8:28)