by Kristen C. Strocchia
“And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so. Go called the dry ground ‘land’ and the gathered waters He called ‘seas.’ And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:9-10
I love that in this creative process, God gives names to all that He has made. One of my favorite parts of having pets as a child, children as a mother, and characters as an author is getting to name them.
God named night and day when He separated light from dark. He named sky when He horizontally parted the waters with an atmospheric vault. And here He names the land that He pulls up above the level of the seas.
Names distinguish one thing from another, and the ability to communicate one with another depends on sharing and understanding these common terms. God would teach these names to the first man and the first woman. And He would allow Adam the joy of naming–creating language with which to communicate with God and woman–as well. Language is integral in the Creation story and has remained so throughout His-story.
It really is no wonder that Satan seeks to steal and destroy the human ability to communicate with God and with each other.
What God called good, Satan distorts to make us question. Did God really say that? Did He actually mean that? Did I hear Him right? Does He speak like you and me? And he works just as thoroughly to distort communication–especially the communication of love–between humans. How else would he keep us from sharing the gospel effectively?
God separated light from darkness. Air from water. Land from sea. And many more things yet to come in the Creation story. He distinguished each in name and purpose. And He saw that it was all good. Good for you and good for me. Because He is God. And because He–our Creator–is good.
Do you believe that God is good? Do you believe that He created you with a purpose? Are you prepared to speak life into those who disbelieve these two truths?