* This year ( 2015 ) I will be posting the lessons I have learned as I’ve journeyed through Genesis. This is Post #1 based on Genesis Chapter 1. ——————— Creation was seven days of awesome. Seven days filled with beautiful rest preceded by spectacular jaw dropping solar systems being spoken into existence. Seven days filled with light and darkness separating and mountains and seas finding their way through the vastness of a brand new earth. Oh to have been there the moment He said, “let there be light.” I read through the first five days in awe of God and I wished I could have seen with my eyes the awesomeness and then I came to a screeching halt midway through day six.
God: 24 Earth, generate life! Produce a vast variety of living creatures—domesticated animals, small creeping creatures, and wild animals that roam the earth. It happened just as God said. 25 God made earth-creatures in a vast variety of species: wild animals, domesticated animals of all sizes, and small creeping creatures, each able to reproduce its own kind. God saw that His new creation was beautiful and good. And God paused. Genesis 1:24 ( the voice )To this point every day or every part of creation God created was completed with an, “it is good” and began with a command! But on day six before He created humanity He paused. There was a conversation that was had. Before He formed the dust, before He breathed life into Adam, He paused. Have you ever felt like God put your life on pause? Like you were moving pretty quickly and you were seeing growth and movement in your life and then life came to a stop? When I read this chapter on that particular day that’s exactly how I felt. My life had been moving at a pretty epic pace and then before I knew it I was stuck in traffic and there was no movement. In that moment I knew God was trying to tell me something profound. So like many times before, with tears burning down my face because I totally had the wrong make up on for this moment, I whispered, ME: “Lord, why did you pause? What’s the big deal?” And in that Holy moment He lovingly replied, THE LORD: “Uh…keep reading. You haven’t even finished the chapter.” ME: “Hold up? What!?!” I wish I could insert that emoji that makes that “surprise, you have got be kidding me!” face right here! Yep, God has jokes and He talks to me all sassy. It’s all good. I respect it. Any ways, I jumped right back into the chapter and immediately realized that after God created Adam God entrusted Adam with three things. Three MAJOR things.
- God gave Adam authority
- God gave Adam a directive
- God gave Adam seed & fruit
Many times we desire authority and vision, and fruit but before He entrusts us with those things He pauses. It is in that pause, or development that our character is built and molded. It’s in the pause where He teaches us to be patient. If we can’t patiently wait for our promise then He can’t entrust us with it.