It Was Good

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.31 And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Genesis 1:24-27, 31

Imagine an artist who works hard at a sculpture day after day. Often, she’ll stand back to look at her work, and if she’s not satisfied with how it looks, she’ll keep working on the sculpture. When she’s happy and proud of what she’s completed, she’ll say that the work is good. She’ll look on it with satisfaction and joy.

When Genesis 1 speaks of God creating the heavens and the earth, it does so by describing a pattern of six days. And several times in the process we read, “God saw that it was good.” God took joy and satisfaction in the things he created. God saw that the world was good and beautiful.

God made the world to be beautiful: the light, the sky, the land, the sun, the fish, the animals. God called all of these things “good.” And when God created human beings, God created them in his own image. Men and women are all created in the image of God, beautiful like their creator.

If you are ever tempted to doubt your own worth as a person, remember that the creator of the universe made you in his own image. Remember that God looks on his beautiful creation, including you, and calls you “very good” and beautiful.

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