And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

Genesis 1:3-4

Growing up I had a friend who lost his mum at the age of 9. It left him with a Dad and two younger brothers. A house of three boys and a man. Over the coming years, whenever I went to his house, I never once saw it clean. It was always a mess. The kitchen was always a mess. The house smelled. The bedrooms were never clean. I loved my friend. I hated his being at his house.

We all have varying levels of tolerance for mess. But most of us, whether we can manage it ourselves, love order. In fact, we need order to survive. How frustrating is it when trains don’t run on time - but imagine if they never did. Or, imagine if the sun came up at random times and went down just as unpredictably.

Humanity lives because there is order. Gravity, time etc. We thrive on order. But of course, too much order (think totalitarianism) and we struggle. We also need space for creativity, to work within order but not be totally constrained by it.

The fascinating thing that God has done is, He has made a world of order that doesn’t constrain creativity, in fact it provides the very conditions for it. Painting, film-making, dancing and music. None of these things would be possible without an orderly existence.

So. I’m thanking God, that He is a God of order who creates an orderly universe. A universe where humanity can thrive to His glory. As you go about your day, be mindful of these things and give thanks to God.
For Today:
  • What do you love to be ordered?
  • What is your favourite creative thing to do?
  • What are you thankful for in God’s created order?
Pray: Praise the Father that He is a God of order and creativity. Give thanks that He has shown His nature in the person of Jesus Christ. Ask God for His Holy Spirit to help you and others turn to Him in thanksgiving for His orderly creation today.

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