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“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. Genesis 1:31 NIV

Happy New Year!  We have officially survived the holidays!  Praise Jesus!

And now we are starting a new year.  For me, a new year is like a blank page, waiting to be filled.  We have a choice of what we fill our pages with this year. I plan on letting God be the author of my story, I’m praying you’ll let Him write yours as well.

This year at the bottom of the devotion will be an area for Further Reading.  The verse will come from the reading. The reading is just an opportunity to dig a little deeper into God’s word and the day’s devotion. You can do just one of them, or none of them.  If you read them all you’ll read through the Bible in a year. The choice is yours. All you have to do is click on the link and you will be guided to that day’s reading.

God created us, He deemed us good.

Today’s verse reminds us that we are God’s creation.  We see God’s love for us as He looks over what He has made and decides it is good.  As we start this new year, let’s remember we are God’s creation. In Genesis chapter 1, God stands back 5 times and says His creation is good (verses 4,12,18,21,25).  And the sixth day He made man: ”So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27 NIV).  And after that, as our verse of the day reminds us, He said it was good.

His creation, us, we’re good.  Let’s start off our year with that reminder, God made us, we’re good.  Whatever happened in 2019 that beat you down, whatever struggles you had, lay them at the foot of the cross.  Begin to focus your thoughts on God’s love for His creation, His love for you. He knit you together in your mother’s women, you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14 NIV).  God doesn’t make junk.  He makes people with purpose, people with passion, people with love.  We may not be perfect, but we are His. He calls us good.

Question of the day: 

How does knowing God created you, AND He deemed you good give you hope?

For Further Reading: Genesis 1-2:25  Matthew 1-2:12, Psalm 1:1-6, Prov. 1:1-6

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