Infrastructure - the Beauty of God’s Design
by Brett Barry
Gen 1: 1 And God said…
I continually marvel at how God unpacks revelation of Himself through His creative works. As such, I especially love the creation account in Gen 1. I was reading it again the other morning when I had one of those Aha! moments (where God speaks something fresh to my spirit that I’ve not seen before).
I’ve read the creation account for most of my life and have often wondered why throughout the first three days it appears as though God did very little, and then on days four through six, it seems like He got really busy!
Gen 1:1 And God said:
Day One: “ ‘Let there be light.’ It was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.”
Ok. He spoke, light entered, He separated it from the darkness. While I certainly couldn’t do it, it doesn’t seem like it would take a lot for God who speaks things into existence.
Day Two: “Let there be a vault (sky) between the waters to separate water from water.”
A little more challenging perhaps. I mean, I’ve never attempted to place neutral space between waters that have no physical boundaries…but, still? For God, how hard can that be? Couldn't He have separated light from darkness and installed a sky in the same day?
Day Three: “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place (to produce dry ground)…Let the land produce vegetation, plants, trees, etc.”
Now, there’s a bit more going on with this one, but it still seems pretty basic for God. Perhaps even simple. I mean, causing minerals to separate from the water under the sky and gather into one place? “Sedimentary, my dear.” (Sorry, couldn’t help that one.)
Then things appear to pick up…
Day Four: “ ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night…the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.’ He also made the stars.”
OK. Now the challenge is growing - this could take a bit: Creating and suspending billions of additional luminous stars and planets in the sky that rotate around their respective sun and are collected into galaxies that also rotate…without colliding into anything…oh, and while simultaneously expanding?…yeah…I can see that taking some serious thought. Some serious planning.
Day Five: “ ‘Let the water team with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.’ So God created great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teams and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.”
Life. Wow. And with variety. Lots of it. Yep. The challenge is growing and so is the activity!
Day Six: “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds, livestock, creatures on the found, wild animals according to their kind…Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all creatures that move along the ground…God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.’ “
Humanity. Now we’re talking over-the-top challenge both in design and execution. The complexity of the human eye alone is enough to keep our “how-does-that-work” curiosity busy...for-ev-er.
Obviously, any of these are beyond man’s ability to conceive, let alone produce. But, still…what was God up to on those first few days that would require such seemingly little activity?
Then it hit me:
Wait a minute; God didn’t create the sun, moon and stars until Day Four...
So what was the light on Day One that He allowed to “enter the darkness that was over the surface of the deep.”? Himself! On Day One God allowed His presence to flood the deep! The same light that would later come into the world through Jesus; the very light that floods the darkest depths of our being and brings life, order and purpose; and the same light that upon His return will gloriously illuminate the New Jerusalem day and night. Raw, holy, uncontainable energy. Unlimited, uncontrollable, all-consuming fire. Light!
“Let there be light…”, and God entered to begin setting things in order for what was yet to come.
Our Creator was creating something physical that would exist within His all-consuming presence, something that would be fully honorable to Him by proclaiming His eternal power and divine nature (Rom 1:20). For that something to be sustainable it required the infrastructure of His presence.
If this is true, then the first few days of creation were actually busier than the last three, for God was establishing that which would support and sustain all He would create in the remaining days: the constant laws of physics that reflect in the natural who He is in spirit. The laws that define, direct and subdue all created matter. It would take some serious mathematical planning and execution to ensure the planets do not collide; that the earth would indefinitely spin on it’s appointed axis, and at the exact speed necessary to ensure gravity would be strong enough to keep us on the earth's surface without crushing our skeletal structure. He had to establish the laws that would define the content and boundaries for air and water and the borders and balance for heat and cold; laws that would direct eco cycles…
Infrastructure - Laws that sustain life
The average adult heart weighs about 11 ounces and beats 72 times a minute, pumping 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day. That’s about 100,000 beats a day, 37,000,000 times a year, and 3 billion times during a lifetime.
- For that to occur, it requires us to breath (a lot) about 23,000 breaths a day, nearly 700,000,000 in a lifetime.
- For that to occur, it requires consistent atmosphere.
- For that to occur, it requires boundaries. The kind that God thought through before creating the life that would need it.
Infrastructure. I love it. Each progressive act of creation relying upon the previous act of creation to sustain it. Some serious design, indeed. Beautiful.
You can imagine then, that if He put so much into preparing an environment that would sustain life, how much more is He going to put into the infrastructure that will mature and define His eternal bride to be in order that she may live that life to the full - both now and in eternity!
God is building the infrastructure of His character in us required to rule and reign with Him. And He does it through our “now” relationship with Him and those around us. Romans 5 states that Christ centered hope is built upon the progressive process of suffering, perseverance, character, hope - the kind that does not disappoint. Each one creates the foundation for the next, with there being no shortcuts. (Can you imagine how things would have turned out if God had skipped the gravitational laws? Oops!) We only get to hope fulfilled when we first grow godly character through persevering in Christ. Just as it makes sense to embrace the value of the gravity that holds us or the atmosphere we breathe, so we must learn to embrace the value of our sufferings in Christ. For they build in us the infrastructure required for what is yet to come.
I pray this encourages you today. God is a planner. He thinks and plans far, far ahead, and, just as He saw what the earth needed to sustain life, and planned and worked accordingly, He has seen our need for both now and eternity, and has planned and is working accordingly.
May our response to what God says be the same as the earth's spinning on its axis: Constant and unchanging.