Devotionals

Genesis 1: The Attributes of God

Sometimes we fear the will of God. It’s like we think He has some horrible plan for our lives instead of the good that He promised us and is capable of giving to us. 

But Genesis 1 alleviates our fears, reminding us Christians that we can trust in God because of His attributes. Now, let’s answer the question: What is God like?

1. God is Prepared

After all, before God made the earth, He made time before anything else so that there could be an “in the beginning.” He made energy (“created”), space (“heaven”) and then, and only then, did he make matter (“earth”)–and that’s only the first verse!

Later verses reveal that God made light before plant-life, knowing that the herbs and fruit-trees would need His light for photosynthesis.

God also made plant-life before animal-life, knowing that plants would be at the bottom of the food chain.

And He made the sun, moon, and stars to get everything ready for man, knowing that we would need these “for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years” (v. 14).

God is always prepared. He isn’t a last-minute planner, crossing His fingers and hoping for the best. No, our God knows the end from the beginning–why should any of us Christians fear God’s plans for us? Just as He planned our beginning, He planned our end and all the steps in between.

As Jesus says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8)

2. God is Light

I think it’s noteworthy that light was one of the first things God created. And here’s the funny thing: He created light before He created the solar system. But this isn’t a mistake in the Bible, but a testament to how God is the true Sustainer of His creation.

When describing the New Jerusalem, the apostle John notes, “There shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever” (Rev. 22:5).

God sustained the world on His own–and He will sustain the world to come on His own–and, therefore, we have no reason to believe that He won’t be our guiding Light.

For us, it’s hard to imagine a world without the sun, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen or that it won’t happen. It simply means our human minds have their limits. After all, its hard to imagine the sun even though we’ve seen it light up world. If we try to imagine the sun’s light, our imagination represents the sun as less than its true glory. We can’t even look at the sun for long without turning our eyes away: the light burns us. And yet it allows us see where we’re walking in the day.

If we can’t imagine the light of the sun accurately, we have no hope of imagining God’s light accurately. God is just that powerful.

3. God is Organized

When you read Genesis 1, do you notice the way that God put everything in its own category? He separated the light for the day and the darkness for the night (vv. 4-5), He separated the waters for the seas and the dry land for the earth (vv. 9-10), and He separated the sun “to rule the day” and the moon “to rule the night” (v. 16).

In other words, he saw that the earth was “without form and void” and made it into a ordered world full of life.

God is organized, and likes everything He creates to be organized. He made a hierarchy system, placing plant life at the bottom, animal life one step above them, and mankind as the rulers over His creation. But we’re not at the top–God is. That’s why the Bible calls us stewards, not owners. God holds us accountable for what we do with His creation. Doesn’t it make sense, then, to follow God’s will?

You may think God’s will is confusing, but talk to Him and trust He knows more than you do about you and your future. He doesn’t want a messy end for you.

Paul, inspired by the Holy Ghost, says that “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace” (1 Cor. 14:33a).

Do not fear the God who is trying to bring you peace and order.

4. God is Powerful

As Christians, we’re able to commune with God anytime, anywhere. We can also call him “Abba Father,” which is the equivalent of calling the Creator of the Universe “Daddy.” We can also come to Him boldly because we’re forgiven by accepting Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf. It’s a wonderful gift that God’s given us–a gift that we often despise.

Sometimes, we become so familiar with God that we forget just how big He is.

But as the psalmist thought on God, he said, “In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also” (Ps. 95:4).

It’s easy to become so busy that we forget God’s greatness. So do an exercise every day to remind yourself of just how powerful God is: look around you. Everything that is could not exist without God. He created everything, and even a school building is made from materials that God designed.

He created the world and He sustains it to this day. If He ever stepped back or whispered a word to end us, all life would cease. Just as He made all that we know with ease, He can finish all that we know with ease. That is the power of God.

And yet in mercy, He delays judgement. In kindness, He takes pity on our frailties. And in love, He gives us the freedom to choose: will we put our future in God’s hands, or in man’s?

Sometimes we forget that man’s strength is so inferior to God’s, but as the psalmist said:

“There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy” (Ps. 33:16-18).

If God is strong enough to create our world and sustain it, we don’t need to fear as if He can’t create and sustain our futures.

5. God is Successful

I’ve never read a passage in Scripture, from the Old Testament or from the New Testament, where God said, “Oops.” God doesn’t make mistakes. It’s against His nature.

The last verse of Genesis tells us that “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (v. 31a). And if God can successfully arrange our pasts, why do we doubt that He can successfully arrange our futures?

As the psalmist says of God, “All his works are done in truth” (Ps. 33:4).

If we think about it, a lot of our fears surrounding God’s will should subside.

After all, before God made man, He made animals for us to ride, study, and command. Before He made the animals, He made the plants that we would all eat. And before the plants, He made the world where they would thrive. And before He made the world, He made the universe that it would inhabit. And before He made the universe, He created the elements that would characterize it.

And all because God wanted to commune with mankind–with us! Why do fear that He wants a future that is less-than-the-best for us? If He gave us the world–and then later, His Son–why are we afraid to trust Him? Why do we shy away from His glorious plan?

It might not seem “safe” or “fun” or “easy” at first, but when we trust Him, we learn what it means to feel peace with God and with ourselves.

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As a bonus, I’m including a poem about the Creation, Fall, and Restoration from my updated anthology book, Up the Ladder (it’s only $5 on Amazon if you have Prime membership!)–enjoy!:

Lost To Man

I was stuck in a dream

As if suspended

While the air left me quickly

And plunged me back to the Beginning–

And what a beginning!

Galaxies furled and unfurled

As stars came into

Being,

The moon and planets

Breathed,

Absorbing the darkness

Till I could see God standing beside me.

The Ancient of Days smiled,

For He’d recently made Time,

And I laughed at the way

That the earth felt

Below my fingertips:

Like water and dirt

And grass and fur–fur?

My head dipped inside the earth’s

Atmosphere

And my eyes sparkled upon seeing them:

The sheep and oxen,

Grazing in peace

And the lion cubs

Cuddling beside them.

I saw fruit trees, and trees

Of life and death which drew my awe–

Till I remembered what would happen

(Had happened)

Here.

Soft footsteps fell on fertile soil

And a graceful felon emerged,

Softly sliding atop leaves

With eyes shining in malice

And scales as slippery as sin,

Foreshadowing man’s easy fall

Into the curse that rent our world.

I closed my eyes

Until I opened them in a fallen world:

Back to a Paradise lost,

Wishing for the place

Long lost to man.

But as I read Revelation,

I saw a higher truth still:

Paradise isn’t lost forever–

One day, we’ll live in a Paradise

Regained.

3 thoughts on “Genesis 1: The Attributes of God”

  1. I love it! We all need to be remind it of the wonderful will of God for our lives and of his power to sustain us in this crazy world. Thank you also for the beautiful poem!

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