Genesis One If God Were Not All Powerful

Unknown-2This summer, I and my ragtag crew are teaching the middle schoolers of our church the theology of The Apostles’ Creed. Yesterday, I preached at on the phrase of the Apostles’ Creed that calls God the Father, the Maker of Heaven and Earth. As I spoke about the familiar scenes of Genesis one, I found John Ortberg’s thoughts helpful. He invites us to imagine what Genesis one would look like if God were not as powerful as He actually is:

In the beginning, it was nine o’clock, so God had to go to work.  Imagine, you open your Bible, Genesis:  In the beginning, it was nine o’clock, so God had to go to work.  He filled out a requisition to separate the light from the darkness.  He considered making stars to beautify the night, but that sounded like too much work.  And besides, thought God, that’s not my job.  So, he decided to knock off early and call it a day.  He looked at what he had done and God said, “It’ll have to do.”  And on the second day, God separated the waters from the dry land, and he made all the dry land flat, and plain, and functional, so that behold!  The whole earth looked like Prineville.  And he thought about making mountains and valleys and glaciers and jungles and forests and waterfalls, but he decided it wouldn’t be worth the effort, and God looked at what he had done that day and said, “It’ll have to do.”  And God made a pigeon to fly in the air and a carp to swim in the waters and a cat to creep on the dry ground.  And God thought about making millions of other species of all sizes and all shapes and all colors but he couldn’t drum up any enthusiasm for any other animals, and in fact he wasn’t too crazy about the cat.  And besides, it was almost time for Letterman.  And God looked at all his hand had done and God said, “It’ll have to do.”  And at the end of the week, God was seriously burned out.  And so he breathed a big sigh of relief and said, “Ah, thank Me, it’s Friday!’ (Taken from The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People)

May we never let God’s amazing power lead us to yawn. If it does, we can rest assured that the problem is not with Him, but us.

About Dana Dill

I'm a Christian, husband, daddy, pastor, professor, and hope to be a friend to pilgrims on their way home.
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