As I was driving back home today, I found myself being immersed in rush-hour traffic. As I was waiting at a red light I gazed around and became amazed at the diversity of trees in our area. I had forgotten how beautiful this part of California was and then, as I continued to ponder the trees, something clicked.
This morning I took some time to study Genesis through the Firm Foundations curriculum. The lesson was on Creation. You would think that by now, as a Bible school graduate and Sunday school alumni, I would have reached the pinnacle of Genesis all-knowing-ness, but each time I dive into God’s Word I find myself knowing less and less than I thought I did. Instead I find myself learning more and more about God and who He is.I was reminded of some basic and foundational doctrine just in the first chapter of Genesis. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (1:1). Here we learn that absolutely everything, except God, had a beginning and before everything existed, God was already there. Because He existed before anything else, we know that He is self-existent and self-sufficient, not needing anything else to exist.
“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (1:3). Why did God create the light if He did not need it? “Let the dry land appear” (1:9b). Why did God create land if He does not need it to sustain Him. We eventually learn that God was preparing the earth for the human race. He created all these things because He knew we needed them to survive and live. We need the sun, oxygen, plants to eat, etc. God had a definite purpose for creating everything – to show His creative wisdom and power, but most of all to show that He is loving and kind! It is because of His love for us that He created all these wonderful and beautiful things around us!
God created ALL that man would need, and then He created man (1:27). Not only did He just create man, but He created man unlike any other of His creations because He gave man a mind, emotions, and a will. He made man to be like Him so that man could know, love and obey God. God created man in a way that we could understand God and communicate with Him.
A couple of days ago I found myself worrying about many things. About our upcoming trip to Tijuana, my permanent resident application, Mark’s contact lens fitting, among many other things. I was anxious about how these things would be provided for, and how we would make it through this summer and moving to Texas with what we had. Mark noticed how this worrying was effecting me, and encouraged me with this passage from Matthew 6:24-33:
“24 No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
25 Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
I was greatly convicted through what Jesus was telling the disciples. When I worry I am not trusting God, but relying on myself and devoting myself to something other than God. God takes care of the animals and the plants which He created for us. He created us with a unique relationship with Him, and loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us! How could I, of all of His creations, doubt that He would take care of me? He knows what I need more than I know what I need. He is sovereign. He is God alone and His character is eternal and unchangeable. He has not changed since the beginning of the world. Why would I believe He has changed now?
I know worrying is something that every believer struggles with. I can imagine many others more so than me: being responsible for raising children, making house or car payments, maintaining a career, having health difficulties, etc. The world is full of innumerable things to pull our focus of off God and to cause worry. God, who desires to communicate with us, has provided for us His written Word which we can understand. Let us seek Him through His Word, and not let the powers of this world sway us.