010115: Work and Blessing

2015 Opening Note

Dear Readers,

Thank you for following “A Heart for the Word” blog. Whether you have followed for the past few years or if you’ve just recently tuned in, I’m grateful that you are here and that you have elected to spend a few moments of your day with these thoughts about our God and His word. The process is in the works to gather many of these past devotions into published collections, so keep an eye out for announcements about those. In the meantime, Haggai 2:4 says, “‘Yet now be strong’ says the Lord, ‘and work; for I am with you.’” The key word for this year’s devotions is “work.” So as you follow the devotions this year, we’ll concentrate on watching God work and hearing from Him regarding the work He intends for us to do.

DEVOTIONS FOR 2015

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010115: Work and Blessing

We know Genesis to be the book of beginnings, and in it, we see God’s first works and His first blessings. The word “genesis” means “the origin or coming into being of something.” The first thing considered to be good was creativity; specifically, the act of God working to call light onto the scene to dispel darkness. “In the beginning God created… then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good” Genesis 1:1, 3-4 (NKJ). The first thing ever blessed was sex. “And God blessed [the fish and birds] saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply’” Genesis 1:22.

Then God created man and gave the first purpose. “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion… over all the earth” Genesis 1:26. This purpose was followed by the same blessing afforded the animals: “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply’” Genesis 1:28.    How interesting that man was created to work, but then was blessed to multiply. In other words, people were created to care for God’s creation, and were blessed to participate with God in creation. Being in His image and His likeness means our being mirrors God’s. Although He is far above us, we are charged with maintaining the creation He started and continually bringing forth new life. We have pleasure in the new life we birth into the world just as God has pleasure in us (“For the Lord delights in his people”Psalm 149:4 NLT.)

So let’s start the year working in our purpose, raising our children to know God and their purpose, and if married, enjoying our spouses.

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©2015 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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