by Kristen C. Strocchia
“Thus the heavens and the earth were created in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done.” Genesis 2:1-3
Phew! Imagine the heavenly sigh of satisfaction when God stepped back to look at His work. More brilliant than any painter or architect, richer than any businessman or ruler, more intricate and assorted than all the treasuries of every kingdom on earth–ever.
God pronounced it all very good. DNA, molecules and atoms, gemstones and sea salt, buffalo grass and sequoia trees, butterflies and dinosaurs, comets and planetary motion, everything–absolutely everything–marvelously created and in perfect order. The one man, Adam, and his wife, the one woman, Eve were not just included in, but were the pinnacle of this perfection and harmonious pronouncement.
Then God rested. Nowhere in scripture does God mention creating anything else that wasn’t spoken into existence or formed in this literal six day Creation. Rather, after resting, God devoted His time and attention to loving His Creation. To loving us.
Seven then becomes the biblical number of completion. Because on this Day God rested. He didn’t speak anything else into existence. Everything that we know in the world today–alive or extinct, abundant or rare–appeared on this earth on Days 1 through 6 of our history. Period.
What He set in motion, remains and will continually remain in motion until that time He makes it inert. The life that He created He values, from the smallest plants [Matthew 6:28-30] and animals [Matthew 10:29] to His very intimate relationship with humankind [1 Samuel 16:7; Psalm139:13; Matthew 10:30; John 14:2-3].
And for the third time in the first week in the literal history of the universe, God blessed–He pronounced goodness and intention for continued goodness over His handiwork. Because that’s what He created us with–goodness. That’s what He created us for–goodness. That’s what He set into perfect motion–goodness. And that was the state of the universe on Day 7–goodness.
And not just goodness by decaying human standards, but God’s own holy goodness.
Again, Satan would like to color these scriptures with doubt. He seeds many with the question, “If God is good, then why…?” By posing the question many overlook his ruse–the accuser is hiding behind his accusation. Turn the doubts on God, and no one will suspect the prince of the air [Ephesians 2:2], that roaring lion who seeks to steal, kill and destroy [1 Peter 5:8].
But God is good. And the world we see today is a broken one, destroyed and decaying under the weight of sin. Think of it this way. If you see a smashed up Toyota truck while you’re driving down the road, would you blame Toyota for making a smashed truck? Of course not! Everyone knows that that’s not the way Toyota made and sold the truck. And neither did God make a smashed up world full of every kind of evil.
Do you believe that God is good? Have you ever questioned God’s goodness because of the state of the world or the people around you? Are you a beacon of God’s goodness to the corroding creation?