God created you very good!
by Gini Crawford, MSW
We are the motivation for God's creation
God created everything in six days and then rested on the seventh day, because the heavens and the earth were completed or finished (Genesis 2:1-2). After each day of creation, God saw that what He had made was good. Yet, after God had created everything – especially man and woman, He saw that all He had created was very good. God creating humans made His creation very good. It is obvious that humans are the motivation - the heart - the love focus - the masterpiece of God's creation.
Have you ever thought about you are the motivation for creation?
God created the heavens and earth for us
When God spoke in Genesis chapter one, His power went forth to create exactly what humans needed and even wanted. God said, "Let there be light," and light appeared. God saw that the light was good and separated the light from the darkness. He called the light day and darkness night, which was the first day. On the second day God spoke, and our atmosphere and sky formed. On the third day God spoke, and the dry land, along with the seas, vegetation and trees appeared, and God saw it was good. Then on the fourth day God spoke, and the sun, the moon and the stars went to work for us, even decorating the heavens for us, and God saw it was good. On the fifth day God spoke and filled the waters with fishy creatures and the sky with an array of birds, and God saw it was good. During the sixth day God spoke, and the creepy bugs, and animals small and large appeared to inhabit the earth, and that was good; but then He formed both man and woman in His image that same day, and now, God saw His creation was very good. (Psalm 8:3-8, 24:1-2, 89:11; Hebrews 11:2-3). Genesis chapter one is summarized below:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night... one day.
Then God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters." ...and it was so...God called the expanse heaven...a second day.
Then God said, "Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so. God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them"; and it was so...and God saw that it was good...a third day.
Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years" ...and it was so...God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good...a fourth day.
Then God said, "Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens." God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good...a fifth day. Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind"; and it was so...and God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply..." God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good...the sixth day. NASB1995®
You are very good in God's eyes
At one time in my life, because of my dysfunctional childhood, I felt I lacked value. I would guess many of you can relate, because in our narcissistic world, children seem to get the brunt of adult selfishness. However as I got older, and God and His Word became a part of my life, I realized from Genesis that I was made very good.
You are very good to God. You might be wondering, what very good means from God's perspective? So let’s get out my Hebrew language book of the Old Testament and see. The word very means exceedingly. The word good is defined by many positive words such as - beautiful, delightful, happiness, pleasant, glad, precious, correct, excellent, lovely, convenient, joyful, fruitful, secure, kind, and righteous. What if someone wrote a letter, using these words to express what they thought about you. It would be a letter filled with loving sentiments, wouldn't it? Remember, these words are what God thinks about you. They are how God created you.
What are your feelings about being created very good?
You are very good
Genesis chapter one summarizes the six days of creation for us. Read Genesis 1 in your Bible and watch for the words good and very good. Underline them in your Bible if you want. You are very good in God's eyes and that is the truth. Since you are very good in God's eyes, how should you think of yourself?
Take some of the positive words from above that define the word good and describe how that word applies to your life with God. Examples: I am exceedingly precious to God because He called me very good in Genesis chapter one. We can all feel like we are an inconvenience at times, but we are never an inconvenience to God.
Reflect on Psalm 108:4-5 and James 1:17 today.