There are a lot of things that we tend to overlook because they come so simply to us. When we wake up each morning we don’t think of how our bodies maintained a beating heart through the night and allowed us to wake up the next day. When we look around we don’t worry about if the earth will stay in motion or if a catastrophic natural disaster will disintegrate the planet we call home. When we hear the birds chirping or see the greenery around us, we don’t think about how it is all sustained or what keeps everything in a perfect balance to allow it to function the way it does. It is second nature to us – we just understand things to work; we don’t exactly understand how or care to know why. We just know it should, and it does. Well, it is so much more detailed than that. The reason that things work together the way they do is because God allows them to, and in His intricate design, through creation, intended them to work that way. Here is a passage that comes to mind when considering this, which really puts things into perspective:
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field, The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth! | Psalm 8:3-9
Everything that we see around us, including ourselves, was created for the glory of God and for us to take pleasure in. We are so quick to overlook those things that we tend not to take notice of them sometimes. We are so busy in our own lives sometimes that we don’t stop and take a second to breathe and consider how awesome and mighty our great God is. Even from the foundation of creation we are able to see God’s glory and majesty through his intricate design and the way he formed and created the earth to sustain life on it. Reading from the first couple verses of Genesis we see this truth in great detail:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day. Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a third day. | Genesis 1: 1-13
From reading this passage we get to take a look at what happened from the beginning of time and how God, even through the minute details, formed something out of nothing and created the foundations of the earth. It’s easy to skim over the particulars sometimes, but when we pay close attention to them we are able to see how wonderful and marvelous our God truly is! In verse 6, we read that there was an “expanse” made in the midst of the waters. Some translations read it as a “firmament” in the midst of the waters. That expanse or firmament is what we call our atmosphere. It’s what allows us stay grounded to this earth, hold on to the oxygen we need in order to live and to protect us from everything outside of our world from affecting us. In verse 9, we read that God gathered up all the water, put it in one place and brought up the dry land in the midst of the water. In grade school we are often taught about Pangaea and the continental drift. Before we had continents the way we have them today, God actually had to form that land in the first place before it started breaking and drifting to surround the globe. In verse 11, we read how all the plants, trees, and vegetation is made. Not only the greenery themselves but seeds were also created for each one of them so that they could reproduce and flourish. God even had sustainability in mind when He formed creation, in plants and animals and even us. So what’s the significance in all of this? Why should it matter to us?
Each day shows us something spectacular about God and His relation to us! Day one shows us that God is holy; He is perfect and pure like light. Day two shows us that God is all-powerful; He made and maintains the atmosphere. Day three shows us that God is good; He created thousands of plants and food for us. Day four shows us that God is faithful; the sun and the moon stay in their orbits. Day five shows us that God is life; He put fish in the sea and birds in the sky. Day six shows us that God is love; after He created the animals it was time to form the creatures upon whom He would pour out His love! Our responsibility in all of this is to stop and consider who this great God is to us! He truly is the only one worthy of our honor and praise! Nothing should come before Him – not family, friends, material possessions, popularity, or status. If we are not spending the time He has given us for His glory we are wasting it. Stop and take a second to consider what He means to us and what we can do to glorify Him!