Gems From Genesis: "And It Was Good"

 

Gems From Genesis: "And It Was Good"

 

Six times in Genesis 1, we find the phrase “It was good.”  This phrase follows a pattern:  God speaks and something happens.  Then God examines His work and pronounces it “good.”  Following the creation of man – male and female – God looks at all that He has made and says, “It is very good.”

             

This is not a series of haphazard, trial and error events.  Rather, God follows a well thought-out plan.  He is purposeful and precise in what He does.  He doesn’t make mistakes.  Nor does He follow “dead-end” pathways or blind alleys.  Each step, each act is “good.”  How different this is from the evolutionary view of origins, based on time, chance, and natural processes – accidents, death, elimination of the “unfit,” and eons of time leading to extinction.  How different is the God of the Bible from the “gods” of evolution!  He knows what He wants and He does it – in an orderly, masterful way.

             

Some people would have us believe that God used evolution as His method of creating.  But why would God use such a wasteful, cruel way, based on chance, struggle for survival, and death?  Evolution is not consistent with the revelation of God given in Scripture.  Throughout the Bible, we see God’s power, wisdom, and goodness.  We read that He is a God of order, not of chaos.  He continually acts to bring order out of chaos, light out of darkness, and life out of death.

GOD IS GOOD!  He will not act in any manner inconsistent with His character.  He is Light and Life and Love.  And He is LORD!  All His works are done in righteousness, justice, grace, and truth.  At the cross, His love triumphed over hatred, and His goodness defeated the evil.  Even now, He is working to bring all things into conformity to His will and preparing a place for us to dwell with Him forever in righteousness.  His goodness is poured out on us abundantly day by day.  “The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.” (Ps 33:5) “O taste and see that the LORD is good:  blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Ps 34:8) “O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Ps. 118:29)

 

By Mary Jo Nutting

 

This was published as an article in the May/June 2008 Think and Believe.

 

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