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God Fills the Sea and Sky

GOD: Let the seas be filled with living creatures, and the sky be filled with birds. And God created every living creature, great and small, that lives in the seas, each one according to their kind.

And He created every variety of winged bird, each according to their kind. And seeing that it was good, God said:
GOD: Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters and the earth and the sky. And there was evening, and there was morning of the fifth day.

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Scripture reference: Genesis 1:20–23

On the fifth day of Creation, God filled the seas and skies with creatures, varied and beautiful. The spaces that God created on the second day now teemed with life. 
 
God’s creativity is on full display. Think of the tiny microorganisms we now know inhabit the seas, the massive schools of brightly colored fish, and the blue whales that stretch nearly 100 feet long. Consider the fact that the ocean takes up about 71 percent of the earth’s surface, yet scientists estimate that only a mere 5 percent of it has been explored by humans. This means that a great portion of the world we live in is still a mystery to us.
 
But God knows every creature, even those that live where humans could never go, like the very bottom of the ocean!

And in the sky, God gave us birds of the air to testify to His grandeur. These creatures defy gravity with their hollow bones and intricately constructed feathers, and can reach heights simply impossible for us to reach without an airplane. Each creature is conceived of by God, and by His Word, they are brought into being.

Each creature is conceived of by God, and by
His Word, they are brought into being.

Our Response

 

Jesus taught His disciples a very important lesson about worry. Read these words of our Lord and Savior, and meditate on them as we think about the fifth day of creation and the care God shows to His creatures.

“And [Jesus] said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? —Luke 12:22­–26 [ESV]

We can look at creation and see God’s provision. We can see how God faithfully, continually provides food, water, and shelter for His creatures, and we can trust that He provides for us too.

We can see how God faithfully, continually provides food, water,

and shelter for His creatures, and we can trust that He provides for us too.

IThis lesson of Jesus is not filled with threats, “You are never allowed to worry!” But rather, the Lord of the birds, of the fish, and of all creation tells us in love, “Do not be anxious about your life.” He knows everything that you need, even before you come to Him in prayer.

A Prayer for This Week

God of all creation, thank You for bringing into being all of the incredible creatures that fill the ocean and the sky—even the ones that we do not yet know about. Thank You for the great promise given to us in Your Word that we do not need to be anxious about our lives. And, thank You for testifying to that truth by Your faithful care and provision of even the smallest of creatures who dwell here on the earth. In Jesus’s holy and precious name we pray, Amen.

Creation Day 5

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