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Monday, October 16: He rested from all the work of creating that he had done

 

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Read Genesis 1:27-2:3

So God created mankind in his own image,

in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Reflect

God effortlessly creates the universe, simply wills and speaks it into existence. And then God rests. Why? He obviously isn't tired or weary. Even on that seventh day, God's still active: He finishes, rests, blesses, and bestows holiness. God completes his creation and stops to enjoy and appreciate it. It’s a natural response to a job well done.

Respond

Have you ever completed a project and then stepped back just to look at and enjoy what you'd done? When we create, finish the job, and enjoy it, we're following the pattern God set in creation. Take a moment to praise the Lord as a creative being, and that he created you so you could both be creative and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

 

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