Today’s devotion focuses on the last verse of Genesis 1. It reads:
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31, ESV)
From the first moment of creation to the last moment of God’s creative work (which is humanity fashioned after his image and likeness and given dominion over the creation of all things) God saw all that he has accomplished as good and beneficial.
Each creative act, a Sovereign God saw what he had accomplished as being good. There is a sense of satisfaction through approval as to what is accomplished and completed. This was not dismissive, it is purposefully brought to our attention in the final scheme of having completed something and approval of all that has gone on before.
A painter who has completed a painting that he has painstakingly worked on stands back and admires the work completed. A writer sitting back and looking at the finished product of a published work. The potter who has given time and devotion in fashioning an object out of clay steps back and looks over the final product his hands had molded in its completeness.
Authentic christian living is an opportunity where we are being fashioned, shaped and molded into a new life that will eventually become complete. Throughout our maturation in faith, we develop a sense of satisfaction in knowing we are doing and living according to the will of God. All that we do in our lives is a devotion and sacrifice to allow the redeeming power of Jesus Christ and his imputed righteousness to complete the work in our hearts. At the end of the day, when we step back and examining the things we have set out to do – are we satisfied and in approval of all that we have accomplished?