In His Image - Thursday's Dose - 10th November 2016

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the
fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. - Genesis 1:24-26.

A child I know has a birthday so near Christmas that her family often combines her birthday and Christmas presents. Her mother holds a birthday party for her in January when friends are more likely to attend, but her child still wishes she could celebrate her birthday on the date like everyone else she knows.

God finished creating our Planet Earth nursery on the sixth day, the same day humankind was born. Land animals and humans received life on the same day, so we share the same birthday as the animals.
Humbling, isn't it, that God didn't save one entire day to create humankind alone? Should we feel cheated? Are we just an afterthought?

An afterthought we are not! Like an expectant parent, he had us in mind before the first glimmer of light. Each day of God's creation in some way enhanced the previous day's work. Even light doesn't penetrate his subsequent creations. Even each human generation builds on the accomplishments of the previous generation. This is God's intentional plan.

So, God's previous creations in no way overshadow the creation of humankind. Like the books, mobiles, and stuffed animals in a nursery, these creatures are here to teach and inspire us.

And, though God existed before us, we do not have the power to enhance him. Yet, he created us in his image, so we resemble him in some way. Since God is a creator, his intention for us, then, is to build—to create—and not to destroy. This is in keeping with Jesus' teachings. Furthermore, God gives us dominion over his creations, not to compete with or destroy them, but to benefit from and to help these creatures thrive. Preservation and conservation are in keeping with God's plan.

Let's, then, focus on creating and being sensitive as to how sometimes our words or actions tear down rather than build.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father God, 
Help us leave behind destructive ways so we can build what is pleasing to you. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Thursday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team