"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God saw everything that he had made,
and, behold, it was very good..."
(GENESIS 1:27, 31, KJV)
Early in my Christian life I was given the word ACTS as an acronym to use for prayer. A was for Adoration, C was for Confession, T was for Thanksgiving, and S was for Supplication. I found it very helpful to start prayer with adoring the Lord for Himself and for the wonder of His creation of man and the universe.
The Lord Jesus Himself went before us in this. Together with the Father, He was “filled with delight day by day” and “rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.” Each day we can look at creation and respond to His invitation to “Behold” it and see that it was very good. We can join Jesus who still delights in mankind despite our fallen state.
The catalogue of cruelty and disasters in the news can be so oppressive that we find it hard to adore. But the Lord challenges us to stop being mesmerized by the world’s misery and to behold His delights instead. He is even now at work in His creation and will ultimately restore all its goodness in the new heavens and the new earth.
PERHAPS IT WOULD BE GOOD NOT TO LISTEN TO THE NEWS FOR A BIT AND SIMPLY ADORE OUR CREATOR FOR HIMSELF AND FOR HIS "VERY GOOD" CREATION.
Bible In A Year
- 1 Chronicles 20-21
- Psalm 3
- Matthew 3-4