Posted by: Brian Musser | April 11, 2014

God’s Day Job

Work-Ship – Week One:  God Work’s – Day Two: God’s Day Job

As we explore this idea about an active and working God.  We have seen in verse one of Genesis that God introduces himself to us immediately as a God who is active and working.  But reading further in that same passage we notice exactly how involved God is in the creation.  In the first 25 verse of Scripture there are 26 action verbs connected to God.  I have highlighted and numbered them below.

Genesis 1:1-25 (NIV)

In the beginning God created (1) the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said (2), “Let there be light,” and there was light.  God saw (3) that the light was good, and he separated (4) the light from the darkness.  God called (5) the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

And God said (6), “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.”  So God made (7) the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.  God called (8) the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

And God said (9), “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.  God called (10) the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called (11) “seas.” And God saw (12) that it was good.

Then God said (13), “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.  The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw (14) that it was good.  And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

And God said (15), “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,  and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.  God made (16) two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made (17) the stars.  God set (18) them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw (19) that it was good.  And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

And God said (20), “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”  So God created (21) the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw (22) that it was good.  God blessed (23) them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”  And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

And God said (24), “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.  God made (25) the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw (26) that it was good.

If you have trouble looking at God’s act of creation as being work.  Let’s spend of few moments looking at each of the verbs individually.  When God created the heavens and the earth He made them from nothing so you have the processes of imagination.  Then God speaks and things happen.  God’s work involves commanding the entire universe.  God then sees His creation and makes a judgment statement so a piece of God’s activity involves evaluation of what was done.  God separates which is the task of organizing.  God calls which is the job of identifying.  The word “made” is a little bit different than “create” because is denotes the concept of molding and forming.  God sets or place the stars.  This is the idea of properly positioning something.  And the last verb associated with God is bless.  God empowers the animals of the sky and the water to accomplish task themselves.  So in the first 25 verses of Scripture we see God imagining, commanding, evaluating, organizing, identifying, forming, positioning and empowering.  Those are amazing words to have on your resume.  God is not only a worker.  God is a great worker.

As you look at your job, know that God is a worker like you.  Find value in working alongside God.  As you try to get better at working know that you are becoming more like God who is the greatest worker.

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