2015-09-05 - Labor Day
As we enter the Labor Day weekend, we think about the fruits of our labors at our jobs. We may work at a manufacturing plant, a restaurant, for the government or for a retail store. Sometimes the products that we make and sell all come from raw materials that we assemble. For example, a desk is made from wood, glue, nails, and other materials. A pizza is made from flour, tomato sauce, vegetables, and oil. The computers we use are full of raw materials crafted into a compact unit.
Now, let's consider our universe. Genesis 1:1 says, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." God created the Earth from nothing. He did not use raw materials to build the Earth. There was nothing, and He made it all from nothing. God's labors went on for six days. He created the Earth, the heavens, the lights, plants and trees, animals and fish, and man and woman. He made all this from nothing.
As we relax and enjoy Labor Day, we can reflect on God's labors. He has created a wonderful world in which we can live. He has created us - in His image. He even came into His created world, Himself, to redeem us from our sins. So this Labor Day weekend, we should stop and thank God for His labors of love for us.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.