6 Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
7 God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.
8 God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
9 Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.
10 God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so.
12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.
13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day.
14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;
15 and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.
16 God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.
17 God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,
18 and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.
19 There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

An understood emphasis in our world is that of doing one’s job. We often use phrases like, “Stay in your lane,” and, “Do your job” to describe the idea of sticking to one’s responsibility without overstepping the appropriate bounds. Connected to this idea is a common temptation within the workplace to only do what one has been assigned to do. Yet, employers often seek to counteract this by encouraging a work culture where employees go the extra mile. Those who are willing to do more than they are required often stick out and are given more responsibility.

In a similar way, many religions throughout history have viewed individual gods as beings who have responsibility over a specific realm, but not all realms together. Polytheism involves the idea of various gods, each with their own responsibility, such as control of the water, the sun, or life and death. However, none of these gods is believed to have responsibility over all of these areas.

In today’s passage, we read of the God of the Bible creating in many different aspects, including water, land, plants, sun, and moon. We are reminded that the one true God has authority over the entire universe, not just certain realms of it.

This should give us encouragement as we remember that there is nothing in our lives that God does not have authority and power over. We can seek Him in prayer, recognizing that He cares for us and works for the benefit of His people in all of life. There is nothing outside the bounds of God’s authority; this means we can trust Him even in the most difficult moments of life, along with the most joyous.

• Where have you failed to believe that God has power in your life?

• How might you submit this to Him this week?

• Pray and thank God that there is nothing in the universe that He does not claim. Ask Him for greater faith in His authority over all things.