#2255 Thought For Today
Genesis 1:26 God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
Who is God speaking about when He says “our nature?”
The Depths of God
At one time, that thoughtful man who became St. Augustine was greatly disturbed because he could not understand the essence of God. “I admit there is a God,” he mused, “but how can I know of what He consists?” Christ had come down to earth with the claim that He was God. By His resurrection, which He Himself predicted, He proved that claim. He revealed that God is a ‘Trinity’. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. But how could a mind as developed as that of Augustine accept this? One day as he was walking by the sea, he saw a small boy who, with the help of a shell, was emptying water from the ocean into a hole he had dug in the sand. “What are you doing, son?” asked Augustine. He was impressed by the naive answer, “I’m going to empty all the sea into this hole.” Augustine smiled. An inner voice, however, was saying to him, “You are trying to do the same thing by thinking you can understand the depths of God with your limited mind.
One view says this is a reference to the Trinity—God the Father, Jesus Christ his Son, and the Holy Spirit—all of whom are God.
Another view is that the plural wording is used to denote majesty. Kings traditionally use the plural form in speaking of themselves.
From Job 33:4 and Psalm 104:30, we do know that God’s Spirit was present in the Creation
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God made me what I am, the breath of God Almighty gave me life!
Psalm 104:30 Send out your Spirit and they spring to life.
From Colossians 1:16 we know that Christ, God’s Son, was at work in the Creation.
Colossians 1:16 Christ himself is the Creator who made everything in heaven and earth, the things we can see and the things we can’t; the spirit world with its kings and kingdoms, its rulers and authorities; all were made by Christ for his own use and glory.
God obviously did not create us exactly like himself because God has no physical body. Instead, we are reflections of God’s glory. Human worth is not based on possessions, achievements, physical attractiveness, or public acclaim. Instead, it is based on being made in God’s image. We have the ability to reflect his character in our lives as we walk the Road of Recovery, One Day at Time.