“I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit.” —Genesis 1:29
God’s tender attention toward creation is striking. He is a hands-on Creator who made the world with skillful order. It wasn’t until after God had created a home filled with food and flowers, soft grasses for lying upon, and trees filled with leaves for shade that He created something (or someone) different: He created man in His own image (Gen. 1:27).
Before Adam was formed from the dust or Eve was made from Adam’s ribs, God had a plan for compassionate care. He didn’t leave them to fend for themselves or to wonder about their purpose. He created humans with needs, and He lovingly, compassionately met those needs.
All these years later, our needs aren’t that different. We’re still weak and vulnerable. We face physical and spiritual hunger. We need shelter, security, and direction. Genesis 1 shows that God is attentive to the world He has made. He isn’t indifferent or apathetic to our weakness. Rather He responds to our inadequacy with lovingkindness.
Make it Personal
How do you see God’s love and compassion in the world around you?