By: Diana Manley Rockwell
Before car seats were mandatory, were traveling home from visiting family and Dale was standing in the back seat. He was four years old and he was talking about what he learned in Sunday school the day before. Dale said, “Did you know that Dod (God) made the earth?” I told him that I did, and then I asked him, “What’s your favorite thing that God made?”
Reading Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” According to the Charles Ryrie Study Bible, “In the beginning, is not of eternity but of creation or the world as described.” God’s name here is Elohim, a generic term used to deity as well as the proper name for the true God. Elohim means Strong God, mighty leader, supreme Deity.
God’s creativeness was about to be unleashed. He created light, day and night, evening and morning, land and seas, sun and moon, animals, and Adam and Eve. Joel Osteen says, “God created the world and the first thing he made was light. The sun and moon was not created until day four. He made light so that we would have light without a source. We only need one source, which is God.” When we keep God in first place, our light source is God. In Matthew 6:33, we are directed to seek God first. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Everything God made was good. God is good all the time and all the time God is good. God’s light shines into our life. What is this penetrating shining in your life? Have you been struggling with procrastination? Struggling with health issues? Struggling with a child with autism? Struggling within your marriage? God is the only source to handle your problems. Where there is helplessness we will find hope. Where there is stress we will find peace. Where there is hate we will find love. God said, “God saw all that he had made and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.”
As we arrived home, Dale said, “Mommy, I love Dod, (God) because he made strawberries!”
Beloved, God is good and he is the perfect light source to shine within our problems and concerns. He gives us blessings,such as strawberries, and mercy, peace, grace, forgiveness and his son who gave his life so we could have eternal life.
Daily Challenge: Listen to I Know My Redeemer Lives by Nicole Nordeman and write a thank you letter for your favorite things.