As our school year has begun, our morning family devotions have started with the creation record from Genesis. We use an easy-to-read version called the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV). Everyone gets to read and it’s important that we’re all reading and following from the same version. Also, it’s nice to read from different versions once in a while, especially passages you might be overly familiar with. One thing that has struck me as we’ve followed the first week of creation is the following phrase:

“And that’s exactly what happened…”
(Genesis 1:7, 9, 11, 15, 24, 30 NIrV)

Wow, just like that. Exactly like that. I’ve tried to think of times in my past (projects, plans, etc.). If it’s a home-improvement project, it can easily become a three-trips-to-the-hardware-store project. I cannot easily say, “and that’s exactly what happened”.

Now, the phrase that I was used to reading was “and it was so”. That’s just so matter-of-fact, unimpressive sounding. Do I like “exactly” because it sounds more impressive? Maybe. Creation is a pretty impressive thing. But should we really be surprised by God’s exceptional, absolute ability? Maybe we should take it as another example to follow. Another example of making our “Yes” be yes and our “No” be no (James 5:12); be true to your word.

While we can’t control all the circumstances in our lives, we can live with integrity. The Apostle Paul charges Titus to “do what is good. Set an example for them in everything. When you teach, be honest and serious.” (Titus 2:7 NIrV) Striving for Christ-likeness means being faithful, truthful, graceful.

We can also be sure that the good work God has begun in us will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Jesus returns (Philippians 1:6). Exactly.


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