Genesis 2:1-3

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.  Genesis 2:1-3

Did God need to rest?  The answer is no.  God is all powerful and the concept of God being tired or exhausted from His work is ridiculous.  He is all powerful and has no limit to His power.  Therefore the feeling of exhaustion or being tired does not apply to an all powerful God.

God rested on the seventh day to create a spiritual principle by which we must live our lives.  God knew when He created Adam and Eve that they would sin.  The plan of salvation was put into place long before Adam and Eve were ever created.  Both God the Father and Jesus understood that if man was created in God’s image and was given freewill, that man would choose to reject God and His ways.

God knew that man would sin and therefore when sin entered the human race that death would enter the human race.  Our bodies every day are breaking down and because of this we require proper rest to be able to perform at maximum capacity.

The Sabbath under the law was observed on the seventh day.  The Jews were called to observe the Sabbath and were to take part in no work.  Under the New Covenant we no longer are bound by the law.  The observance of the Sabbath is not a requirement, but it is spiritual principle that should be applied to our lives.

As believers in Jesus Christ we observe the first day of the week in which we get together and honor the Lord as one.  We do this because it was on Sunday that Jesus rose from the dead.  We honor Sunday as the Lord’s day because it was the day that He was resurrected.

It is also important as believers that we understand the importance of rest.  Many times our lives can become overloaded with activity.  It is very easy to get lost in all the hustle and bustle.  But if we are truly seeking the Lord each day He will bring balance to our lives.

Many in ministry have become burned out because instead of seeking the Lord they have become focused on doing ministry.  Ministry should never be the focus, our focus must always be in seeking the Lord.  The Holy Spirit will give us wisdom and guidance for all things.  The Holy Spirit will tell us when to move forward and the Holy Spirit will tell us when to rest.

But it is important for us to dedicate time each day to the Lord.  It is also important for us to dedicate time each week to come together with our fellow brothers and sisters in the body of Christ.  We are not called to live in isolation with the Lord.  We are part of a greater body and when the body of Christ comes together the gifts of the Holy Spirit are in operation.

Let us honor the Lord each day and each week.  May we set aside time to seek His face and may we stay balanced in our lives between work and rest.  Anything in life can become an idol and that includes work and activity.  In our face paced culture it is easy to become enslaved to activity, but may we have eyes to see and hearts to understand.  May our heart desire be to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.

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Genesis 1:1-31

In the beginning God created 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, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

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

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

11 Then God said, “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. 12 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 that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

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

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created 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 that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

24 And God said, “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. 25 God made 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 that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.  Genesis 1:1-31

When God created all things He created them good and did it with order.  There was a sequence of how God created all things.  God created the Heavens and the earth.  When the earth was dark and void the Spirit of God was hovering over the earth.

All three persons of the God head were involved in creation.  It was through Christ all things were created.  God spoke into the darkness and said “let there be light”and there was light.  He does the same things in our lives before we come to Him.  Before we come to Christ our lives are filled with darkness and they are void.  But when we accept Christ the Spirit of the Lord comes in and brings forth light.

But as we see how God systematically created all things we see how His character and nature is reflected in creation.  When we view the beauty of creation we see the glory of who God is.  Creation itself is magnificent and seems as if it is without limit.  When we look at the character and nature of God we see how great God is and we know that He is without end.

God has created man in His image.  When Adam and Eve fell in the Garden of Eden the relationship man had with God was broken, but Christ has come to redeem that relationship.  Through Christ we have authority because of what Jesus has accomplished at Calvary and it is through us that God accomplishes His will upon the earth.

God had a due time for each step of creation in the matter of six days all things were created.  People have many different theories about how creation took place, but when we examine the truth of scripture we see that it was six 24 hour days that God created all things and on the seventh day God rested.

The way God created all things is the same way He accomplishes things in our own lives.  He has a designated and sovereign time when His will is carried out in our lives.  He has a due time when each door will open and when other doors will close.  The most difficult time we can have in our relationship with God is waiting on the Lord for His timing and His will.

Many will hold to the theory of evolution.  But when we examine the truth of scripture we see that the theory of evolution is simply a lie.  It is a lie and deception of Satan and when people hold to the theory of evolution they reject the truth of God’s word.  To reject the truth of God’s word is to reject the truth of who God is.

It is clear from scripture that with God nothing happens by accident.  When He created all things He did it with specific purpose.  Let us trust the Lord each day and know that He holds all things in His hands.  He spoke all things into existence.  He created all things out of nothing.  No matter what we face today it is not greater than the God we serve.  But the key is simply trusting Him in all things.

Ephesians 2:10

10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Ephesians 2:10

God has prepared things in advance for us to do.  We have not been created by accident or by chance.  Everyone of us on this earth who is following and serving Jesus Christ have been put on the earth at such a time as this.

God desires to use our lives to glorify and honor His name.  As we grow in Him and become like Him, we become a light in a very dark world.  We have been created in Him and Jesus has given His life so that we can be free.  May we set aside anything that would hinder our relationship with God and simply pursue Him with our whole heart.

Joshua 1:9

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 NLT

Before Joshua was about to take the promise land he had an encounter with the Lord.  The Lord knew that Joshua would naturally face fear as he stepped out into the plans that God had for him.  But the Lord commanded Joshua to be strong and courageous.

When we follow the Lord there will be times we face fear and doubt.  But the way we overcome fear and doubt is by trusting and drawing near to the Lord.  Everything God has called us to do, He will empower us to do.  He has created the plans and purposes He has for our lives and He knows what we need for each step of the journey.