And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
- Genesis 1:28 – 31
The first chapter in the greatest story ever told is God’s creation of this world. In this chapter we see God speak and creation comes forth. So God’s “let there be light” is followed by a great new dawning in the age of men. “Let the earth bring forth living creatures” is followed by the barking, snapping, and snorting of God’s animals coming out to play. “Let the earth sprout vegetation” is followed by massive trees filling forests, grass sprouting on rolling hills, and flowers taking over mountain meadows.
Then at the end of it all. After the stars were hung in space. After the land and sea were separated. After the expansion of the galaxies were set in motion. After the water was filled with life and the dust of the earth had been filled with the breath of heaven. God stepped back, like a painter stepping back from her canvas, and God looked at what he had made.
In that moment, one word captured the essence of what God saw: Good. And so God spoke once more. “This is very good,” and it was because it was made by a good God.
All too often we can miss this theme of God’s story. We can look at our lives and think, “My life is complicated,” “My life is busy,” “My life is boring,” or “My life is scary.” Next week we will get to why those words are part of our story, but for today, let this word rest in your soul. Your life is very good because you have been made and loved by a very good God.
A Moment to Reflect
What sticks out to you from Genesis 1:28 – 31?
What can you do this Christmas to remind yourself that God is very good?