Read: Genesis 1
Focus on verse 31
I like to create things. Whether it is a painting, or a section of my yard that I am landscaping, or building a website, it gives me joy to create something that looks nice to me. It is even more fulfilling when it also looks nice to a few other people as well, but for me the best moment is when I step back from the finished project and see it as a whole.
I suspect part of this drive to create things that look nice comes from myself being made in the image of a Creator. The Bible begins with the book of Genesis, which describes how God created the earth and all that is in it. At the end of the chapter he surveys all that He has made and declares that it is good.
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.(v. 31)
A lot happens in this first chapter. An entire universe is created out of nothing in six days. When the Lord God pauses after all this creative effort at the end of the sixth day, He looks a ALL that He created and proclaims “It was very good!” Not just “good” like He had observed over the last five days… no, this time it is “very good”.
So why would this day be different? It could be that He is simply finally standing back for all His creating to look at it all together… however, I suspect there may be more to it. It is not by coincidence that He proclaims it “very good” after He completes the creating of humanity, and it is not just because they are human, but because they are made in His image. There is no other creature (or plant for that matter) which can make that claim! So there you have it… what made us “good” initially is that we are made in the image of God. We only got “not so good” when we messed that image up a lot in Genesis 3, but we will cover that when we get there. For now – contemplate what it means to be “made in the image of God”.