Advent Devotional Day 2 - Creation
Read Genesis 1:1-5; 26-27.
Have you ever wondered why God even made the world? There used to be nothing, but then He decided that He would create something. And something huge. Some people spend their whole lives traveling the world, but it’s impossible to ever see all of it. Really smart people have been studying science for a really long time, but there are still so many mysteries. They don’t know how big outer space is or what’s out there. They can’t even figure out exactly why we sleep! No one was asking for such a vast and beautiful universe—there wasn’t anyone who could ask for it!—but God decided to create it. And He didn’t stop there! He chose to make people in His own image.
So why did He make us? Isaiah 43:6b-7 says “Bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by My Name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made.” God made us to celebrate how great He is! This might seem selfish or prideful, but considering that God is infinitely great, He is kind to let us enjoy Him.
Have you ever seen a breathtaking natural wonder such as the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls? Why do people visit places like that? We love to be in awe. God made us to desire to be in awe of something greater than us, and it’s so wonderful that He draws us to Himself and lets us know Him so we can be in awe of Him.
Did you notice that Genesis 1:26 says “Let us make man in our image”? Even in verse 2 we saw the Holy Spirit had a part in creation. But now we see another hint that God is three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Later in Colossians 1 we learn that all things were made through Jesus and for Jesus. Sometimes we think that Jesus only showed up on the scene 2000 years ago, but Jesus helped make the world! Praise Jesus that He is Creator and God!
Read Day 1 here.
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