All He Made Was Good

When God created the world,
He began a major project,
And when each phase was finished,
He saw that it was good.
Sometimes we face a task
That seems quite overwhelming.
Yet when we let God help us,
We see the end is good.

On the first day of creation,
God made the day and night,
On he second day of creation,
He made the sky above.
On the third day of creation,
He made the earth, the plants, and the trees.
And day by day He looked and saw
That all He’d made was good.

On the fourth day of creation,
God made the sun and moon.
On the fifth day of creation,
He made the fish and fowl.
On the sixth day of creation,
He made animals and man.
And day by day He looked and saw
That all He’d made was good.

When God created the world,
He began a major project,
And when each phase was finished,
He saw that it was good.
Sometimes we face a task
That seems quite overwhelming.
Yet when we let God help us,
We see the end is good.

About This Song:
How often have you been requested–or required–to do something that seemed totally impossible? I still remember demands like those that made me cringe in my own weakness. No matter how confident I felt about some of my abilities, I was weak in a number of others–including areas I should have been stronger in. Is it any wonder that assignments outside my comfort zone seemed IMPOSSIBLE?

Are you with me so far? Can you relate?

Now let’s think back eight or ten thousand years or so (many millions of years if your belief system can reconcile evolution and creationism), to the time God created the world and everything it contains.

The first question that comes to my mind is where God was and where He came from if nothing existed before Him. I can only assume that He lived (and still lives) in a dimension that’s not part of our normal human experience.

Hmm. That works for me, even though it doesn’t really answer the question.

And how did He plan something so intricate? Although I picture myself as a creative person, I can’t imagine designing the layout of the universe and determining the functionality of even the tiniest parts. Not to mention the relationships among them. I may detest flies and mosquitoes, but I don’t doubt they played a part in His Grand Design.

And what about the act of creation itself? How could anyone make something from nothing? Especially something as extensive as our universe? Did God use materials from His dimension? I can’t even guess at that one.

And to create life where none existed before? That took a degree of intelligence–or an ability that transcends intelligence–no human being will ever come close to matching.

The more I look at what God faced “in the beginning,” the tinier my seemingly impossible challenges seem. Especially since God doesn’t expect me to accomplish everything on my own. He’s standing close by, ready to help. All I have to do is ask.

He doesn’t expect me to do everything at once, either. He set the example for that. He took His time–whether in 24-hour days or some unit of time we humans are unfamiliar with–and carried out His plan in steps,  steps that were both logical and realistic for Him. Then He assessed His progress at the end of each step. He never had to back up and redo anything. He’d been careful all along, and He hadn’t made any mistakes.

Then at the end, He rested. Not because He was tired, I’ve been told. But to set an example for mankind. Even the Energizer bunny runs down eventually, and God wants us to get enough rest to face the next project refreshed and ready to go.

Yes, I wish I could look at each of those major projects I’ve faced over the seventy-two years of my life and say that each of them was good, but they didn’t always turn out acceptably. I failed sometimes. Too often. Maybe I didn’t do the proper planning. Maybe I didn’t break my work down into the proper steps. Maybe I wasn’t sufficiently physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually rested.

Or maybe I just didn’t rely on God enough.

Please feel free to leave a comment.

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

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Best regards,
Roger

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About Roger E. Bruner

Seventy-four-year-old Roger E. Bruner is the author and publisher of eighteen Christian novels and the writer of more than two hundred Christian songs and choruses, a handful of musical dramas, and a number of shorter works. He sings, plays guitar and bass, and records his original songs in his home studio. He will be active in his church's nursing home ministry again when circumstances permit and in the church choir when it starts up again. In the meantime he'll keep playing bass on the praise team. Married for seventeen years to Kathleen, he has one grown daughter. Kathleen has two. Roger enjoys reading, moderate exercise, photography and book cover design (he's done all of his own except for Rosa No-Name), playing Snood, making walking sticks, and complaining about the state of the nation while continuing to pray for it.
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