“And On The Seventh Day…”The difference between Resting and Quitting
Born and raised in a church, the story of how the earth was created is so familiar to me that I could almost recite it word for word. Each day consists of a new, seemingly easy task for God that created the beautiful planet we call home now. But one of the most controversial topics of theology is the Seventh Day. The infamous quote directly from the Old Testament states that “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God had completed His work which He had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done” (Genesis 2:1-2). God rested? Why in the world would God ever be finished? As a child, I always just accepted it as truth and colored my cartoon picture of God smiling over the Earth. As I grew up, though, I started a study on the book of Genesis and found myself questioning this passage of scripture. Why would God just quit on all that hard work?
Life as we know it is nowhere near perfect, but the God we serve made no mistakes when creating it. No matter how awful life may seem down here, we have to always remember God knows every single event that has happened, is happening, and ever will happen. Everything he created is beautiful and perfect. And all was finished on Day Seven. God didn’t quit. He simply finished what he was creating. He didn’t give up. He became satisfied.
And all in all, I can definitely see why he’d be proud.