Cut out a light bulb shape. On one side write the theme for today “creates”.
Place at your focal point.
The Bible begins with introducing us to a God who creates. This is one of the first things we learn about God. It isn’t the 613 laws handed to Moses or the type of fabric the priests needed to make their tunics with. The first thing we learn is that God creates. ‘Bara’ in Hebrew points to the action of creating: it’s believed that this verb is only used in relation to God. I believe that the way God creates is not like us; He is able to create something out of nothing. In many nations around the world, God is known, called, and referred to as Creator.
Genesis 1:10 ends with three powerful words, ‘it was good.’ This is mentioned five times throughout the first chapter of Genesis. ‘It was good.’ We see clearly God’s stamp of approval over all of creation. We must remember this isn’t just over the human race, but over every aspect of creation. All of it is good. The Hebrew word for good is ‘tov’ and ‘the original hearers would have understood tov to refer to the goodness of the ties and relationships between things in creation’ – Lisa Sharon Harper. Everything was in right relationship with each other. Between people, the land, animals, and God too. In the Kingdom of God, we look back towards tov, towards creative goodness; remembering that we are not independent of the world around us, but stewards of this good planet we share together. We are invited to walk with our Father to change things now as we look in expectant hope to the heavenly city which is ours in Christ.
Pause and Pray:
As you pray for your five people today, give thanks to God for how He has created them.
‘Living the Kingdom’ Action:
In what small way could we practically show love and care for God’s creation, both people and planet, today?
Find the full version of the TKC Prayer Journal 2023 here.