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Genesis 1:1--Creation

If asked for biblical proof of God’s love for mankind, it’s likely that at least one of these verses would be considered:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but hath everlasting life.”
(John 3:16)

"But God commendeth His love for us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

As noted in both verses, we tend to look to the cross as the most obvious time God demonstrated His love for us. However, I believe we can go back a little further….well, a whole lot further. How about going back as far as the beginning of time, back to creation?

Think about it. God’s plan was to create an environment in which He would place mankind, so He “created the heaven and the earth.” He could easily have made the world in black and white, with just a few shades of gray for dimensional affect. Or, He could have decided to only use the three primary colors of blue, yellow and red. Instead, He bathed the world in thousands of shades and hues of color that quite often take our breath away.

God could have thought it a waste of energy to create more than a couple of types of flowers. Wouldn’t roses and daisies have been sufficient? And, why bother painting them with so many colors? Wouldn’t red be enough? Or just white? Why clothe them in so many shades of red, pink, orange, yellow, lavender, purple, gold and blue?

Why did God feel the necessity to create so many species of animals, or so many varieties of even one type of animal? For instance, why not create just the lion? Why the need for lions, tigers, leopards and cheetahs? Why deer, antelope, elk, and gazelles? Why sparrows, geese, eagles and ducks? And, really, what value are the hippopotamus, the giraffe, the aardvark and the platypus to the world?

Personally, I think if man had been in charge of the administration of creation, we wouldn’t have felt the need for so many flowers, plants, trees, birds or animal varieties. We would have cut corners. More than two or three varieties of one item would have seemed a waste of effort. At some point we would have said, “enough is enough.”

Perhaps man would have decided that after all the creative work on land, why even bother with sea life? I seriously doubt we would have thought it necessary to create fish, crabs, mammals and turtles, and whatever else lives in the depths of the sea. And, since they live beneath the water, why not just make them all one color, like silver? Once again, God didn’t hold back. The underwater world is as much a display of God’s creativity and color as that of His land creations.

Remember, the Lord was creating a world in which the men and women who were made in His image would live for the next 6,000+ years. Instead of a bland, colorless and boring environment in which man could have sufficiently survived, He determined that He would create the most beautiful, colorful world imaginable. The very ones who were made like Him would never tire of the beauty that surrounded them. Neither would they be bored with the intricate designs and displays of His majesty that are seen in every niche and corner of this magnificent world. He also created sounds, smells, tastes and surfaces that would forever entice and please the five senses He bestowed upon man. What a shame that so many are deaf, dumb and blind to the fact that the glorious world in which they live is a love gift from God, the Father, the very one who gave His only begotten Son.

So, considering that God’s love for us was demonstrated through His creation, and is just as much a proof of His love today as it was “in the beginning,” Genesis 1:1 could also have been written, “For God so loved the world, that He created….” Amen.

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