And It Was Good

And It Was Good

And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:12, 18, 21, 25)

Read: Genesis 1:1-2:25, Matthew 1:1-2:12, Psalm 1:1-6, Proverbs 1:1-6

Relate: This is the time of year when those new, New Year’s Resolutions come into effect. Maybe that’s a big thing for you. Maybe not. For me its huge. I love the ability to start new. I love the chance to start fresh that comes around once a year.

Normally, I take quite a bit of time in the week between Christmas taking stock of how I have done on the previous years resolutions. I also spend a lot of time in prayer and reflection setting goals for what I would like to accomplish in the new year. Honestly, in that week I’m a bit of a loner and no other work seems to be getting done. I take my resolutions that seriously.

Sad thing is, each year I end up failing in nearly every new resolution. When push comes to shove, I tend to fall short. For example, I had a goal to read a hundred books in 2015. I failed. I made it a resolution to begin making Bible memorization a part of my daily devotional time. I failed. I wanted to walk out Paul’s first missionary journey. Didn’t happen. These are just a few of my resolutions for 2015. The only one I did manage to keep was my resolution to move to Turkey.

React: In Genesis chapter 1, four times before we get to the sixth day of Creation we hear the phrase, “And God saw that it was good.” Four times, while the process of Creation is still happening, God Himself steps back, admires His handiwork to that point, and celebrates the process.

No. I didn’t manage to read 100 books. But I did read ninety-two and I would stack the quality and calibre of those books against any of the years I did manage to hit a hundred. I have learned a lot from what I have read. I’ve been stretched. I’ve enjoyed it. I failed in my resolution, but what was accomplished… it is good.

No. I haven’t managed to make memorization a daily part of my morning routine. However, I have rememorized Hebrews, I Peter, and II Peter which I first did in high school and the book of James which I memorized in college. In addition to that, I have memorized for the first time Philemon, I John, and will soon have Titus under my belt. I failed in my resolution, but what I accomplished… it is good.

No. I didn’t manage to walk Paul’s missionary journey. I had the entire journey mapped out. I had daily goals all set, and my bag was packed. Then, three days in I sprained my ankle. I only ended up walking about 12% of my planned journey, but I walked further in those three days than I ever had in one setting. Those three days alone, on the trail, with my pain and my God… it is good.

So what were some of your resolutions from 2015? Even if you have failed, how has the attempt made you a better person today? What are some of your resolutions for 2016? How can you measure and celebrate your successes along the way?

Respond: 

God, I am so thankful that the perfection You have called me to cannot be accomplished by my own efforts. Even as I dream impossible dreams for 2016, I understand that my strength is only in You. My victories come only through You. Don’t let me settle for easily accomplishable goals. Let me strive for the impossible. Then help me to rest and celebrate the victories that will come even should perfect attainment be beyond my reach.

 

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31 thoughts on “And It Was Good

  1. Hmmnn…

    Understanding is seeing reality from God’s point of view. We see where we have failed, yet the Faithful God sees us a work in progress…He sees us as good!

    Thanks for this. Happy New Year

  2. Some say risk nothing, try only for the sure thing,
    Others say nothing gambled nothing gained,
    Go all out for your dream.
    Life can be lived either way, but for me,
    I’d rather try and fail, than never try at all, you see.
    By William F O’Brien

    And so we must try and press to the mark of the high- calling of the Lord with help from Him.

  3. Reblogged this on ChristianBlessings and commented:

    Some say risk nothing, try only for the sure thing,
    Others say nothing gambled nothing gained,
    Go all out for your dream.
    Life can be lived either way, but for me,
    I’d rather try and fail, than never try at all, you see.
    By William F O’Brien

    And so we must try and press to the mark of the high- calling of the Lord with help from Him.

  4. Well written, as always, but worthy of more than a simple ‘like’ since you point us to quality over quantity, focusing on those things we accomplished, rather than those we didn’t get to, and – most important of all – you hold up the One to whom all glory belongs for what we did, and to whom we need to turn this year to finish those things that were left undone.

    It is well with my soul, and I pray it is well with yours.

  5. Happy New Year BJ, and thank you for this – I am not one for New Year’s Resolution, but your words got me to thinking and I have made one for this year – actually 2 of them: finish editing and actually publish a book I wrote in 2006, and dive more deeply into women’s ministry and take on a more teaching role – teaching them love, God’s abundant beautiful love, for them, to them, about them, and lead them to healing! This is good! Thank you ❤

  6. I had two resolutions this year and have managed to keep them with the help of the Lord. The first is to manage my blood pressure and that has so far been done. The second was to finish the first draft of my book and it is also finished. This year there are also two. The first is to manage my blood pressure, and the second is to finish editing my book and try to get it published. With God’s help I will keep them.

  7. I love that you set yourself such big goals! I feel encouraged to set myself resolutions that may seem a little unrealistic but I’m expectant for God to help me achieve them- and even if I don’t I’m sure I’ll have fun and learn a lot trying! I’ve really enjoyed following your blog throughout my time blogging in 2015 and I’m excited for what’s to come for you. God is using you in such a powerful way!

  8. I did this taking stock too, I looked at last year’s journal and decided that although I hadn’t been perfect in growing closer, in abiding in Him I had in fact grown somewhat closer, I had abided a while and God was delighted with me and more, much more I was and am delighted in Him. He is so good I don’t even have words.

    He and I set targets for this year and already this morning I have tried to make them complicated, He sighs gently and says – it’s about getting to know Me not anything else. Not complicated, not performance related goals but just to love and be loved.

    He is good and all He does is good!

  9. Awesome. It is good 🙂 You may not have accomplished what you had hoped you would but what you have achieved is commendable. May God lead you this New Year to do much more than you could ever imagine. Blessings!

  10. The problem is that God “saw that it was good.” Eventually, however, he would repent and come to see that man was evil, that man wasn’t good after all (and brought a great flood to destroy his creation). Not very omniscient I would say.

      • Very true. The point was, though, that a supposedly omniscient God didn’t know that man would become evil. In fact, he should have known even before he created him.

        • God saw that it was good, just as Genesis says. What, he didn’t know that it would become evil? Of course, he knew since he is omniscient. So, there are a number of possibilities (your choice): (1) God lied when he said that it was good; (2) God had a plan from before the time of creation to produce a being that would become evil; (3) God is not omniscient or (4) the God of the Bible is not truly God. Which one do you choose?

        • I would chose a variation of 2. God created a being with the freedom to chose. That freedom held within it the possibility to chose evil. That does NOT mean God created evil. God did not lie when He said it was good. God is omniscient and that means He had a plan in place before the beginning of time to redeem fallen humanity in spite of its evil. The God you are trying to imagine is not truly God. But the God of the Bible… He is very good.

        • Interesting choice. Just a couple of loose ends to tidy up, though. Everything in creation is a facet of God, even evil. After all, God created the Serpent, didn’t he? The Bible confirms this in Isaiah 45:7 – “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” So, God did in fact create evil, either directly or indirectly. In the case of man, he gave us free will but, because he is omniscient, he knew in advance what choices we would make… Or perhaps it didn’t happen that way at all. That is, in Genesis 6:6-7 we are told, “And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” What to make of that? God is sorry (he repented) that he made them and now wants to destroy them because they didn’t turn out the way he wanted. He even wanted to destroy the animals as well, even though they did nothing wrong. So, apparently there was no divine plan and the god of Genesis was really not omniscient. Just say you’re sorry and start over again (with Noah)…. So, would you like to change your choice?

        • Not at all. First off, Isaiah 45:7 is referring to calamity. Evil as in hurricanes, tsunamis, and earthquakes. Moral evil is simply any act or action contrary to the will of God. In creating creatures with the freedom to chose how to act, evil became an option. It does not exist as an entity or force of its own. It is simple the absence of good just as dark is not a thing of its own but rather the absence of light.
          As far as Genesis 6:6, you are guilty of anthropomorphism. This verse is speaking of how the sin of humanity broke the heart of God and how He was now going to go in a different direction in His dealing with them. There is no lack of omniscience. There is no changing of His mind. There is only an abundance of love and the beginning of the next phase in His redemptive plan.

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  12. I haven’t yet failed any of my New Year’s resolutions, mostly because I haven’t really started working on them yet. You know what, that’s the same as failing. And, just at the moment, I cannot even pray with sincerity…

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