And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 1:3
I don’t think it was a coincidence that light was the first thing God gave to this earth. In a sense it gives me peace inside. To read that it begins with light really pushes hope my way. He is all knowing, and He knew that it was light that would overcome the dark that was the earth. Which I feel is relevant in my life right now. In the beginning He turned on the light of the earth, and now I am reliant on the light that I know He can spark in me, us, within an instant. It is now more than ever that I need that light.
Then God said, “Let us make man after our image, after our likeness.” 1:26
I remember being young, maybe in my young preteen years, and reading this. Young Jenna was a little too curious when it came to things. I knew what the Bible was at the time. It was that book that my grandfather prayed over, of course! I wanted to know more about it so I told myself I would try to read it. With young eyes and determination, I remember coming to this part of the book, and thinking ‘OUR,’ our?? I was so confused because I always thought God was just God. It wasn’t until later that I discovered who else was in on this beginning with God; the Holy Spirit. If ever I’ve told myself, I need to be reminded of the realness of His Spirits power, come here. This was the first time God shows us that He was not working alone in our favor.
“Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” 2:7
“So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon man, and while he slept he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.” 2:21-22
Fun Fact: Here’s a fun thing I just discovered that I never knew.. God let Adam name all of the animals that He created on the earth. How awesome!!
The Fall was what changed the course of life on the earth, woman were cursed with a greater pain in child bearing, and cursed with a desire for a husband. The ground was cursed as punishment to the men, they would have to work and pain to eat and provide. Even after all of this, it is what God does afterwards that shows us what our Father is in our lives – “and the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.” 3:21 Our Father will discipline us for our better and good, but even after He would still love us and do anything for us. That is what this verse speaks to me.
“If you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door, its desire for you, but you must rule over it.” 4:7
“but Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” 6:8
It is Noah that saved our generation from a complete wipe out. Just like it could be you or I that could be saving this current generation. To be obedient like Noah is a goal. He did all that God commanded him to. Noah lived to be 950 years, and then he died.
After the flood God promised that he would never wipe out the earth’s life because of man. It was the goodness that He was able to find within man that He found confidence in.
I find it comforting to know that although our God is just, He is also all caring. He’ll pick us up even after we fall, and continue to help us even when we have given Him all reason to give up and leave us to be. I am lucky, and blessed, as are you.
That is all for today’s devo. I hope you are doing so so well! Until tomorrow, stay blessed! 🙂