Learning from creation

Whether we’re in the wilderness, out of it or somewhere in between, our challenge is the same—it’s not to count our days, but to make our days count.

All told, the word "day" occurs 11 times in Genesis 1 and occupies a pivotal but often overlooked aspect of the creation account. Here we are exposed to the intriguing truth that God chose to create the universe in six days. If you think about it, He could have accomplished what He did over any amount of time or over no amount of time, but He quite purposely chose to do it over six days. Though our attention is usually drawn to all of the marvelous things God made, we seldom consider He also had in mind how He wanted to bring everything into being—one day at a time.

A thoughtful look at Exodus 20:8-11 reveals that with the creative week, God was modeling how humanity was to image Him. The fact that He chose to do it in units of time He created called days tells us that He made days with us in mind. In the six days of creation and the day of rest, God not only provided the model for our work but the basic framework for our lives.

As we read Genesis 1, one of the things that stands out is the peaceful, purposeful rhythm of the narrative. You don’t get the sense there is any hurry or worry in God’s creative work. It was as paced as it was powerful—we hear of evenings and mornings and goodness as regularly as if they were water lapping up on the shoreline. There’s no anxious wringing of hands because there’s so much more that needs to be done. God was quite content and at peace with His work of each day. The day was filled with creating, and when it was done, it was done.

The creation account still speaks to us today if we are willing to listen.

For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day. (Exodus 20:11)

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