When you think about God’s attributes, what attributes come to mind first? His love, grace, justice, power … the list goes on, right? What about God’s order or His organization? Everything from the cell in your eye helping you read this to the grandness of the earth’s rotation of the sun and beyond is ordered! God is a God of order. His plan for everything in creation was built on order. Many of His plans involved His final creation, mankind, to be carried out. I’m still studying through the book of Genesis and I would love to share with you what He’s taught me thus far. Genesis offers lots of amazing stories of God exemplifying this characteristic:
Genesis 1- God created a universe that was built on order. Out of the formless, He brought everything we see today. Water and land came before creatures, which needed both to survive and reproduce.
Genesis 3- God reveals His glorious plan for redemption through His son Jesus Christ in a world where sin was introduced. He knew this plan for all eternity, not just in the Garden of Eden.
Genesis 6- Noah’s Ark! If you read how detailed and in-depth God’s instructions were for Noah to build the ark and save creation, it would be clear that God is organized.
There are lots more to be seen throughout the Bible, but now I would like to direct your attention to a more practical example of God’s order: water. Reader, I challenge you to search for the number of times the word water is used in the Bible (hint: it’s more than 500 times). This tiny molecule is made up of two Hydrogen atoms bound to every one Oxygen atom. There is certainly something beautiful about this organization and how it reflects God.
There are three components to water, all essential to the molecular makeup. In the same way, there are three components to God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three of these work together to form the God of the Universe. Every single one of us are made up of water, more than half of our bodies is water! Just look at where we live, water is all around us in the streams, rivers, lakes, oceans, and puddles from when rain or snow pay us a visit.
Every living thing needs water to survive in this world, but Jesus takes it further when He described our need for Him and His water. In John 4, Jesus explains this to a Samaritan woman at the well: "Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” If God had said this about any other thing He created, it would not have had the same effect. Humans are built to be thirsty for water; it’s how God created us to be. We need water, but we need Jesus more because He is the giver of water… and not just any water, living water that never runs dry!
He planned and orchestrated this encounter along with many others in the Bible from the very beginning to show His character of order to this world. He knew our needs before we knew them and He had a plan to fulfill them before the beginning.
Sometimes, I feel like this woman at the well, thinking that I know what I’m doing and living my life according to myself with my plan. But God has got a much bigger plan, and He wishes to include us in it! Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” How about we start taking our worries and fears of surrendering control and give them to God? Thankfully, He’s promising us that He will take care of it all if we do.
Luwam is a junior at the University of Colorado Denver. She came to know Christ in her freshman year and has continued to grow closer with him ever since. She loves science and is studying Public Health. Luwam hopes to get a career in medicine to ultimately go into medical missions to third world countries using her skills to preach the Gospel to people who don't know Jesus. She has a unique gift of being able to see God's heart and character displayed in science.
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