How is it that God made light on the first day but on the fourth day created the sun, moon and stars? How is it that God created plants on the third day before the sun existed?
Could it be that God does not understand the way things work? From a scientific perspective, the way creation is recorded in the first chapter of Genesis makes no sense at all. Then why is it recorded this way?
Several years ago I found myself in a place of great financial need. I needed close to $2,000 per month to make ends meet and I had no idea where it would come from. My first response was to worry! But then, after taking time to pray I said to God, “All my life I have had a steady income from work. I now see that you have given me an opportunity to experience you as my provider, not an employer or even a person. I will trust you and I thank you in advance for your love and care. Amen.”
I wish I could say that day was the end of my worrying but it was not. That year was a year of struggles and ups and downs. I began looking for God’s provision in a dumpster and saw some of it there. It saw a time when someone I trusted cheated me out of over $2,000! I had to forgive that man and to this day this man, a professing Christian, has not honored his debt. But at the end of that year when I added up all that had come in it was even more than I had needed each month. To be sure I did not sit in my chair and wait for it to fall like manna from the sky. I worked and searched and prayed and struggled.
Now this brings me back to Genesis 1. It seems to be that in recording the order of creation the way it is we are meant to understand that it is not the sun, or even light or the earth itself that is our source of sustinence but the God OF creation.
This should give us great hope in a time when the earth as our source of life is being threatened by our own sinfulness!
“What is happening to our country?” we are all asking ourselves. The Psalmist wondered aloud at why things had become so bad in his country and then, after he entered the sanctuary, he understood.
This morning I read from 2 Samuel 24:1 “Once again the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and he caused David to harm them by taking a census. ‘Go and count the people of Israel and Judah,’ the Lord told him.” As a result of David’s action Israel suffered a plague which took the lives of 70,000 out of a relatively small nation.
God is able to do anything! What seems to us to be an unrelated series of events resulting in the presidency of Donald Trump with all the harm it is causing is, at its root, a judgement from God on America.
As a nation we must take an account of ourselves. This begins with each one of us looking within. Instead of trying to fix things or turn to political activity, the real solution is repentance and a return to godliness.
There are times, like this morning, when I just don’t know where to read in Scripture for that moment. After saying this to God and asking Him to show me, I opened my Bible to Isaiah 33:1-6. Then, later this morning I met a friend for breakfast. At some point in our conversation I shared with him several of those verses.
“But Lord, be merciful to us, for we have waited for you. Be our strength each day and our salvation in times of trouble….In that day He will be your sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”
After I read these verses, he shared that the day before he was serving a meal to the homeless at his church and for their devotional the leader had read those exact verses!
There are more times than I can count when God has worked in this way providing just exactly the right words at the right moment. And there are times when He chooses to validate that as He did today. I am amazed in the Presence of Almighty God!
“In the eighth month of the second year in the reign of Darius, God’s Message came…” (Zechariah 1:1)
This could, if written today be, ” In the sixth month of the second year in the presidency of Donald J. Trump…” or “In the seventy-fifth year of the post industrial age…” God’s message came!
At times it seems our situation is desperate! Where is God? Why doesnt He do anything? Why is He so silent when our world seems to be falling apart?
It is not that God is silent. Perhaps we are not hearing because our mind is too noisy or just perhaps it isn’t the right time yet.
What was happening in the first year and first month in the reign of Darius? Why at this time did God speak? God is fully aware of humanity in all its courses and He cares very much. God’s timing is perfect!