Reflections: Setting the scene
The first two chapters of the Bible provide the foundations for God’s big story. While many have debated the ‘how’ and ‘when’ of these events, the writer of Genesis seems much more focused on the ‘who’ and ‘why’ of creation. We are introduced to the main character of this whole story: the God who is all powerful, making everything out of nothing; who is relational and self-revealing, speaking all things into being; who is creative and purposive, filling and beautifying all he makes. We are invited to stand in awe at his power and worship him. We are also introduced to humanity: God’s beloved, made in his image; created for relationships with God, one another, and creation; and entrusted to enjoy and steward all he has made. We are invited to experience intimate relationship with him.
Questions: How is God’s character revealed in and through creation? What does it mean for you to live as one made in his image?
Prayers: Creator God, thank you for beautifully designing this world for good. Help me to see how all you have made praises you and invites me to respond to you.