God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
Six times God surveyed what He had created and found it good. Yet now, having completed this universe and created man in His own image to manage that creation the verdict changes. Upon completion God sees that the whole system is very good. God was pleased by the finished work of His hands. As any artist or craftsman knows; that pleasure comes from the fact that His perfect artwork reflected His character – His power, His love, His artistry and His love. It was “very good” now because it reflected the Creator more clearly now than it had at any given point. When Sin entered this world the mirror of Creation became a less effective tool to see the character of God. Death and decay did not destroy all the beauty of the earth, but it did make it harsh, dangerous, and even cruel. No longer can we look at the created world around us and see a perfect illustration of the Creator. God’s love was too great to allow His beloved children to die, alienated from Him. He revealed Himself through His Son Jesus Christ – “the visible expression of the invisible God”. He revealed himself through His word – The Bible. He reveals Himself through the amazing power of His Holy Spirit at work on the heart of every living being – convicting the unbeliever and indwelling the believer. Though many of the things that were created to make Him known have been fractured His purpose has not been thwarted. At the end of all things Christ Jesus will stand upon the redeemed earth – victorious! By His provision at the Cross – we who humbly accept His grace will stand with Him. Not because of the works which we have done, but because of His amazing Grace.