16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
Has the week ever felt longer than usual?
We have an interesting relationship with this thing called time. Some stuff is over too soon- other stuff lingers longer. We read this Genesis account of creation and get hung up on days rather than process. God always created one thing before the other. We want day four results on day one or two.
Submit to process instead.
Think about it. After water and land, God saw that “it was good.” No vegetation, no animals- just a wet, dusty world. We don’t always think life on this day is good. But it is. The process is working, creation is sprouting- first the blade (Mk 4:28).
Life for the first four days was simply preparation for everything that would follow. Day three was created in preparation for four and for five and then we showed up. There could neither be beast nor us before the Garden was completed. God has been creating great purpose before you that could not make any sense until now.
Faith in you has been increasing for years for purposes that neither you nor others have understood. Moment by moment, day by day, a process has been working. What can be leveraged from that interaction? What confidence was awakened by that victory? Before the faith in David was ready for a giant, it was first called to defeat a lion and then a bear. Before he could lead a nation, he was asked to lead a field of sheep.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)
We think we’re ready now for the promise- but we’re not. Not yet.
One of the most frustrating things about raising our first child was not exactly knowing what was going on. Everything was so new. Sure, other people gave us their opinions (more than we ever solicited, by the way) but there was still something conflicting about the unknown. I remember being worried about his word count- today this is not a concern. I remember wondering when would he actually walk- today, I spend far more time trying to keep him close than I ever spent helping him walk away. Yet, the process continues.
It’s important for us to embrace today in order to milk it for every lesson necessary to be successful tomorrow.
So what about tomorrow? How do we balance the stress between today’s desire and tomorrow’s satisfaction?
The only remedy for this tension would be submission. If He is working (creating) and He is bringing it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ- I have little to do other than bend. Your will be done. He is working the work (Hab 1:5)- faith believes this. He is the perfecter (He 12:2)- faith knows this. It’s just that faith doesn’t usually like this.
How though, does this fit within a lifestyle of faith? If we are believing for God’s movement in our lives, don’t we leverage time in this relationship? Don’t we believe today is the day of salvation (2Cor 6:2)?
Yes! (Sort of).
Many died before this day arrived (He 11:13). Why? Because this day of salvation was reserved for us (He 11:40). It becomes hugely important to discern what has been reserved for us. What is our reward? This, and only this, is what we seek. Faith is not unbridled. Faith is not unlimited. Faith absolutely has a boundary determined by the grace of God. Grace that is neither imagined nor earned by us. Grace that has been declared by the Spirit of God for this day. Therefore, our seeking is not selfish. Our faith is focused only on the work God has promised to do this day. Our day.
The time is now for what God declares today. Now faith is (He 11:1). Creation bowed to the will and process of God. On the first day it was light. On the fourth day it was the sun and moon. Nothing too soon was allowed in the creation of God.
And nothing too soon will be allowed in what has been created for you.