We are continuing
our message series on Creation, so hear these words from
Genesis 1:9-12. "And God said, Let the water under
the sky be gathered into one place; and let the dry ground
appear; and it was so. God called the dry ground land; and
the gathered water He called seas. And God saw that it was
good. Then God said, let the land produce vegetation; seed
bearing plants and trees and the land that bear fruit with
seed in it according to their various kinds; and it was
so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according
to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with the seed in
it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
And there was evening and there was morning, the third day."
You know I have to ask the question, why did God choose
the sequence that He did for each particular day and why
did it happen the way that it happened? You know when I
look at the creation according to Robert Anthony Schuller,
it doesn’t look like that at all. But the interesting
thing is God didn’t consult me as to how He should
create the world. In my mind the logical process and steps
would be to first start with the universe, then put an atmosphere
around the sphere called earth. Then I would separate the
dry lands from the waters, then I’d put the vegetation
on, then I’d put the animals and the plants and then
I'd make man. And there would be my six days. But, God’s
six days are quite different. He begins spiritually with
the light and the darkness, day one. Then He continues day
two with the waters, the atmosphere around the globe and
then day three, separates the waters from the land and plants.
Day four, the lights in the sky, the universe, etc., etc.
I was recently
recalling a memory, actually I was remembering the street
I grew up on which was called Memory Lane. I remembered
when I was in high school, my responsibilities included
the gardening. I was my parent's free gardener! The nice
thing was that my father designed the front yard to be basically
maintenance free all I had to do was prune all the bushes
and the trees and make sure they were cleaned up pretty
good. Also in the front yard we had decorative strawberries.
Now, decorative strawberries are really boring because there
are no strawberries. The plant looks like a strawberry plant
and you expect strawberries, but the strawberry season comes
and there are never any strawberries. They are just decorative
strawberry plants; the nice thing about it is all you have
to do is pull the weeds out, so that was one of my jobs
to make sure there were no weeds in the decorative strawberry
plants. Then in the backyard, my father planted a dichondra
lawn. Dichondra is like a little one leaf clover and it
will grow a couple of inches tall, so I had to mow it and
of course we had a push mower! I would mow it every other
week and then around the perimeter of the dichondria lawn
was the bare ground, which was to remain bare ground with
no weeds! So in taking care of this yard, mowing and pulling
weeds for several years, I developed a distinct distaste
for pulling weeds. To this day I do not pull weeds any more!
So, while I have been thinking about creation and taking
this trip down memory lane, I wondered: "Why did God
plant the earth immediately?" Then I realized that
He hates to pull weeds too!
He didn't want
a single moment to pass to let any of those weeds get in
there and penetrate because He knew the laws of nature.
He created them and one of the laws of nature that we know
for a fact is that nature abhors a vacuum. God created this
incredible planet with this unbelievably fertile soil and
He could not wait a moment to allow even the slightest little
inkling of a weed to creep into this beautiful creation.
So He immediately gave it all the vegetation. That is the
end of the third day.
Now what does
this mean to us as individuals and people? When nature abhors
a vacuum it means we fill it with something. Maslow's hierarchy
of need is: physiological and safety, love, esteem and self
and safety, I put those two together because they're pretty
much tied together. You have to feel secure and part of
feeling secure is having your physical needs met. We look
at the world today and there are many places in society
in our world where these two entities are still the primary
concern. How do I feed my family?
Yesterday I went
and saw the movie, "Cinderella Man." "Cinderella
Man" is about the true story of Jim Braddock, a boxer.
It's 1935 and his family is starving, they don't have any
money, they don't have any means to buy food. He is sitting
at breakfast and he has one piece of bologna or ham. His
daughter is eating her breakfast and he says to her, "you
know honey, just last night I had this dream. I dreamed
I had a steak and a huge pile of potatoes and I am so full
I couldn’t possibly eat this, do you think you could
help me?" The daughter gives him a big smile and says,
"okay daddy I'll help you." So he gives his breakfast
to his daughter. In another scene, he comes home to find
his son sitting in the corner being punished. On the kitchen
table sits a great big piece of sausage. It was stolen from
the butcher. Jim picks up the piece of meat and he takes
his son’s hand and he walks down to the butcher shop
and they return it and they go out of the store and he says,
"Son, we don’t steal. Understand me? We don’t
When we look
at the hierarchy of needs, we are tempted to revert back
to the human entities of our need for existence instead
of relying on God and realizing that somehow, someway God
will bring us above that. God will supply our physical and
our safety needs. It is His promise. He will provide for
all of our needs, including our esteem needs our self actualization
needs and our love needs.
to fulfill all our needs. He comes with the promises from
the Bible that we are loved.
I want you to
read the following which comes from the Bible and realize
you can rise above the feelings of selflessness and succeed
the way God wants you to.
"I am God’s
child, I am Christ's friend, I have been justified. I am
united with the Lord, one sprit, I am free from condemnation.
I am sure all works together for good, I am free from any
charge against me. I am the salt and light of the earth,
I am a branch of the true vine, I have been chosen and appointed
to bear fruit. I am a personal witness of Christ. I am God’s
Temple. We hold on to these bible verses and we realize
that in Christ we can overcome all of the needs that we
could ever want; the needs of physiology, safety, love,
esteem, and self actualization. The emptiness and the void
are filled with the truth and the reality of Christ. God
separated the dry lands from the water and set the vegetation
upon the earth and it was morning, and it was evening, the
Father we thank you that you are real, that you are here
that you are our God. So continue to fill our hearts and
our minds with your presence and your reality. Amen.