A Caring Creator

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Karah

DSC_2783Pause

Set aside anything that could distract you from focusing on God. Turn off the TV, your phone, and deal with anything that is weighing on your mind in prayer before you begin.

“God also said, ‘Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This food will be for you.” —Genesis 1:29

 

“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement.” —Genesis 2:18

Read through Genesis 1:26–2:25 carefully. As you read, look for the ways God showed His love and provision to humanity. Underline the instances you find and jot down any insights or notes. How do these examples help you to understand that God values humanity?

Consider these questions:

Look at your notes and the things you underlined in your Bible. What do these instances teach you about God’s attitude toward humanity?

Consider Genesis 1:28. Why is it important that God gave Adam a job and a sense of purpose? Explain.

Reread Genesis 1:29-30. How do these verses show God’s provision for Adam and Eve? Why is it important that you understand God provides for His children?

Read God’s command in Genesis 2:15-17. How does God providing a boundary help you to see His love and affection for humanity? Explain.

The Point

From the beginning of His story, God has never been distant or uncaring toward His people. God values us, loves us, and cares for us.

Respond

Think back over your life. Where do you see examples of God’s love? Of His provision? Of ways He has met your needs? Thank God for how He has worked in your life, giving you direction, providing for you, and loving you.

God sets boundaries in our lives because He knows what is best for us. Are there boundaries He has set that you’re trying to ignore? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any ways you’re living in opposition to God today. Confess and turn away from them today.

For further study of God’s provision and love for you, read Matthew 6:31-32; Luke 12:24; and Philippians 4:19.

Behind the Story

Genesis 2:4 includes the first use of God’s personal name, denoted as Lord, in English. The Hebrew spelling is transliterated as YHWH. The Jews considered the name to be so sacred that they would not allow themselves to say it. Its actual pronunciation is unknown, but suggestions include Yahweh and Jehovah.


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