“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” — Genesis 1:31
Last week, I had the pleasure of teaching the children how God created the world. As I told them what God did on each day, I also was teaching them a larger lesson: God is a God of order.
I believe the reason God created the world was because He knew that He would create man on day six. God wanted something like Him on Earth that would give glory to His name. Therefore, He made man in His own image. I believe that God was excited to make man.
However, He still waited until day six. In fact, man was the last thing He created. God knew on day one that He would make such a wonderful masterpiece on day six. But He held His composure to be sure that man had the best opportunity to survive.
We can empathize with the notion that when we want something bad enough, excitement will rise and cause us jump out of order. We were given a sneak peek of the day six in our lives, and we became overly eager. Maybe that is why some of us end up in bad relationships and marriages — because we were so eager to get to day six. We took a job or career path that had nothing to do with our purpose because we were too eager to get to day six.
By simply being made in God’s image, we are destined for a purpose of greatness. This makes waiting a task we often fail. Waiting very well can lead to a person being stagnant, but there are those who simply move too fast and step out of order.
If God would have just stopped on day one when He said “Let there be light,” man would not be here. If God had hurried and made man before day three, which is the day plant life was created, how would man have continued to breathe?
Our science classes teach us that plant life is how we receive oxygen to breathe. If God made man too early, man would not be here. We must remember that God has called us to certain purposes that equal greatness, but we must remember to keep our eager feelings in order to keep out lives in order.
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Sometimes, our prayer needs to be “Lord, I thank you for the vision of greatness you have shown me. Help me to not be too eager and continue in decency and order.” For another example, look at the story of Joseph, who saw greatness in his life. However, before his day six, he was nearly killed by his brothers, sold into slavery, lied on, thrown into jail and then forgotten by those he helped. However, on his day six, he was called on by Pharaoh and placed in his high position he dreamed.
Remember that God will remember you. Therefore, stay the course and continue to keep moving toward day six. Don’t bring day six to you. Then, you will be able to look at everything and see that “it was very good.”
Harper is a member of Baconton MBC and the United Ministerial Alliance.