Scripture reference: Genesis 1-2:3
Is the Bible useful and relevant in our day– to–day lives?
Does it contain answers and practical realistic solutions to the myriad of challenges that humanity faces?
If these are some of the questions that you have, whether you are a believer or not, read on for the Bible is the ultimate answer and final authority on all that was created, that is, the heavens and the earth and all that which is in them including you and me.
From the outset, we need to understand what the Bible itself is.
The Bible is the Word of God which He Himself wrote through the inspiration of His Spirit in men and women who did the physical putting of pen to paper- 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
It covers all fields of human endeavour, from accountancy to engineering, art to architecture and from sociology to seismography.
If there be any questions on any issue, the Bible itself is the final authority on matters it talks about.
Therefore read the Bible to be wise, believe it to be saved and practice it to be holy.
With the foregoing in mind, let us now study the story of creation from the Book of Genesis and draw an analogy with human development.
Genesis means beginnings. In this series, we shall look at the seven days of creation one by one in detail and use them as the basis for foundation and development of our individual lives, families, companies, organisations, municipalities and nations. How God did it should inspire us to apply the same principles.
All creation was completed in six days and the seventh day God rested.
The all powerful Lord God Almighty could have created everything at once en masse but He chose to do it stage by stage.
The Bible reckons that at each stage it was good. Let us pause and digest.
A child is conceived in the womb, mother goes through pregnancy and the child is born. There is time to sit, crawl, stand and walk.
There is time to go to nursery/crèche, primary school, secondary school and college or university. Then there is time to go to work or set up your own company.
All this is good. Let no one judge you and write your final verdict in day one. Tell them to return on day seven.
If your relationship is in day one, work it out and continue to speak and bring it to day two-engagement and through to marriage –day seven.
If your marriage is still in day one, when you are still going to the bathroom with your cellphone, when there are still two sets of meals because both of you want their preferred dishes and when you are still getting upset with your partner because he/she is putting on pink instead of your preferred taste of blue, work it out and get to day seven.
Do not give up on day one, the full picture will come up on day six. To you young boys and girls who are dating or are in a relationship, your day does not have sex.
Sex comes after marriage, before this, it is called fornication. Do not mess yourself by getting to day six before day two, three, four and five. Follow the order.
Do not be discouraged if your company is still in day one — no office, no trade references, work it out. If your family, ministry, city, neighbourhood or any enterprise is still developing, do not lose heart.
We are not discouraged or intimidated as a nation because of the day that Zimbabwe is in, our day seven is coming.
We do not panic because of negative reports. God actually works on this negative report.
To develop the final picture (that is day seven), you need negative films which you develop in a darkroom. What the devil meant for evil, God has turned out for good and it will work out for our good- Romans 8:28.
Rise up and celebrate, Zimbabwe is coming out of the studio, a quality picture has been processed.
Next week we will go deeper as we look at the correct and chronological format.
Pastor Erasmus Makarimayi is Presiding Pastor at New Gate Chapel. Feedback: email@example.com