MEMORISE: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (Genesis 2:7)
The Bible begins by telling us something about God. It's not a description of God's nature or a hymn to God's glory. Rather, the first thing Scripture reveals about God is, His activity: God created the heavens and the earth. Where once there was nothing, now there is something. Indeed, now there is everything. Scripture starts with a bang.
To use more general language, the first thing we learn about God is that he worked. He made something. He exercised His creative, visionary, ordering power. Throughout chapters 1 and 2 of the book of Genesis, we see God engrossed in the shaping of creation.
'The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters' (Gen. 1:2). The nascent creation, though still "formless," has the material dimensions of space ("the deep") and matter ("waters"), and God is fully engaged with this materiality ("the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters").
Later, in Chapter 2, we see God making man from dust. 'The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground' (Gen. 2:7). Work isn't something added on to the biblical story. It comes right at the start. In the beginning, God worked. God has graciously revealed Himself to us in the Scripture. The first thing He showed us about Himself, is that, He is the Lord, God who created all things. He is a God who worked, and who is working still.
Work is your destiny! May you be like God, today, and work, without grumbling! Mau you fulfil your destiny, in Jesus' name. AMEN
1. God, please work in and through my life today and forever.
2. Help me to see all of my work this day as an imitation or continuation of Your creativity, O Lord.
3. Lord, destroy the spirit of idleness and slothfulness in our youths and nation.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: 1 Samuel 18:4 – 20:13; Luke 20:6 – 20:27