With different cultures come different beliefs – belief on how the world goes, how people should live, but more commonly, how the world came to be. Different myths on the creation of man have been told, heard and shared. And even though different Christian religions have their own belief on the creation of man, we are blessed to have been given a creation story through a common sacred scripture, the Bible… a creation story that can be found in the book of Genesis.
Since the book of Genesis is one of the well-known books among Christians, I believe that we should dive deeper to and find meanings in the scripture. Because by doing so, we would be able to see relevance and connection of His Word to our lives today, then we would realize that the Bible is really God’s Living Word, and not just a history book. By reading the first chapter, it came to me that my own life is just like the creation, where balance is present, where there is freedom of choice, and where God still remains in control despite everything.
God is a just God. The way he separated different or opposing entities prove this (Genesis 1:5,7,9,14,20). I could not imagine a world where there is only light but no darkness, fish but no birds, or even more, land but no water. Just like how God’s contrasting creations fall into their right places and never fail to amaze me, both the triumphs and hardships in my life made me the better person I am today. Without God having a sense of balance, the people and the world just would not be the same and as incredible as they are today.
It can also be seen that we humans were created special among the other creations (Genesis 1:26,28-29). This made me realize how God also loves us like how our grandmother loves… and spoils us. I remember how my grandma always gives me snacks, drinks and anything I want even before I ask for it. Of course, God’s love for us is even greater. He knows just what we want and need even before we were born. He loves us so much that He gave everything we need and gave us the authority over all creation (Genesis 1:26). This, for me, illustrates how God gives entrusts His creation to us, but at the same time gives us the freedom to decide on our own. Until now, God allows us to see both the good and bad things, but it is still up to us how we will use our free will.
Moreover, God’s power is greatly manifested in this chapter. By just saying lines, God is able to create magnificent things (Genesis 1:3,6,9,11,14,20,24,26). His perfect will always was, is, and will be followed; and no one can get in the way of it. However, the lesson I love most that I learned from this chapter is that God uses His power to create something good from darkness (Genesis 1:2). He takes time to do so, and makes all things good. I believe this is also a representation of our development as individuals. For example, receiving a trophy without going through the process of winning, would not feel as much rewarding if you did. Maybe it is also God’s way of telling us to trust in His perfect timing and perfect plans. If he created the world in just seven days, what more can He do in a person’s lifetime with an average of 85 years?
By continuing reading the book of Genesis, I also had some other realizations; that God is sovereign, that God acts immediately when we are in need, and that He is indeed a perfect Father. I think, God created Adam from dust to emphasize that He is God and that man should look up to Him. But despite that He still loved (and loves) man so much that He provides for its needs (Genesis 2:9). Furthermore, when seem to be in need of something more, He still continues to provide. He uses other people and circumstances for us to see His wonderful love and care for us (Genesis 2:20-22).
Once again, God shows His love to us by giving us freedom and not forcing us to what He wants us to do or become, but at the same time giving us warnings and commandments for our own...