Genesis 1:16 NIV: “God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.”
Two lessons I learn from this verse:
How God created and creates everything (and everyone) is for a distinct purpose – and it’s a deliberate, purposeful, intentional and thoughtful decision to create exactly like that. Also worth remembering, in relation to this, is that God doesn’t make mistakes.
Point: Trying to be someone else robs the world of the purpose for which God made you because in attempting to be someone else, you’re in danger of attempting to take on their purpose and in the process, inadvertently sabotaging yours.
The danger inherent in taking on another’s purpose is two-fold.
First, you lose sight of your purpose and lose yourself as you were created and meant to be.
Second, you get ZERO credit from God, Your Creator, because no one gets credit for work they should have done that they didn’t do because they were busy with someone else’s work that nobody – definitely not their Boss – asked them to do.
So, here’s my prayer (let it be yours too):
LORD, PLEASE HELP ME FIND AND NOT LOSE SIGHT OF MY PURPOSE.
The greater light wasn’t necessarily better than the lesser light…
Remember, “God made two GREAT lights” – they were both great!
Then we learn this about the two great lights: “…the greater light [was] to govern the day and the lesser light [was] to govern the night”.
For the greater light, it’s “greater-ness” was linked to its purpose – governing the day – and for the lesser light, it’s “lesser-ness” was linked to its purpose – governing the night. I bet if the greater light attempted to show up to govern the night, it would be despised, not because it is a bad light but because it would be something of a nuisance at that time. Think, then, of how unwise it would be for the lesser light to be envious of the greater light because of its name/label [or because of its brightness and intensity].
Point: Don’t get stuck on labels and make them define your worth.
The Psalmist says in Psalm 139:13, “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.” He finished that awesome knitting job that was you and said you were GOOD! [Gen. 1:31]
Your identity, purpose and worth are found in the One who created you. He determines who and what you are. He determines why you are because of where He wants you to be. He determines what your value is.
Samsung doesn’t tell Apple what to call their devices or what price tag to place on their products. They can’t.
So why do we, who are created by God and belong to Him, so care about what the world thinks of us and how it sees us that we allow it to tell us who we are and even determine our worth. What’s even worse sometimes is that we don’t just allow it, we actively look to the world for affirmation — who and what it says we are, how we ought to be, etc.
My prayer (and let it be yours too):
LORD, PLEASE HELP ME FIND AND NOT LOSE SIGHT OF WHO YOU CREATED ME TO BE; HELP ME TO ALWAYS SEE MYSELF AS YOU SEE ME AND TO ALWAYS BE WHO AND WHAT YOU WANT ME TO BE.
Let me conclude by saying that for those of us who know the LORD and have a relationship with Him, we ought to know without a shadow of doubt that He doesn’t make mistakes and that He made each and every one of us JUST the way He meant to and wanted to.
You’re a great light! Shine at the intensity Your Maker designed for you to shine! [Matthew 5:16]
I absolutely love these lines from God Alone by Joyous Celebration:
The Creator of my innermost being
And You knit me together in my mother’s womb
You ordained all my living days;
You wrote them even before one came to be
You alone are God and God alone!
Such knowledge of You, O God, is so great
Such knowledge of You, my mind cannot fathom
How the world was created by You
Nothing that was made was made without You
Yet, You consider me; You have greatness for me
You love me…
I’ll always obey and trust Your Word
You said, “All things work together for my good”
I’ll cast all my cares to You, LORD
And rest in Your perfect peace
You alone are God and GOD ALONE!