“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.’ . . . And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”Genesis 1:26–31
When looking at the context and verses prior to Genesis 1:26-31, we see God creating the heavens, land, water, vegetation, evening, morning, the sun, moon and stars, sea creatures, birds, and other various animals. Although these are all great things, only one element was missing: humanity. God saved the creation of humanity as the last element of his glorious design. When looking through Genesis 1, we do not see God referring to any other element of his creation as being made in “our image, after our likeness.” You also do not see God giving dominion to the animals or anything else, but to humanity only. This is not just a coincidence, but it has great purpose and intention for us today.
As Lent season has begun, there are many things to consider and reflect on. Today, let’s consider God’s special, unique purpose for creating humanity in his image. The God of the universe created me and you with great purpose and significance. In the midst of life, it can be difficult to remember this truth. Clinging to the promises of God, and the truths of His Word is easier said than done. Take a moment to think about some things in your life that bring distractions and discouragements your way which may pull you away from the promise that you are “made in the image of God.” Once you identify those triggers, begin to identify ways to remind yourself of the truths of Genesis 1:26-31. In order to truly reflect on God in his fullness throughout this season, we must first recognize who we are in him. This truth is a foundation to everything else!
1. What are some things in your life that pull you away from these truths?
2. What are some steps you can take in your life to regularly remind yourself of God’s significant purpose for you?
3. Close in prayer, asking God to help give you this perspective moving forward through the Lent season.