20 Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.”
21 God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good.
22 God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”
23 There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so.
25 God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

A recent trend in American society is minimalist living. According to Joshua Becker, “At its core, minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.”[1] Those who embrace minimalism seek to eliminate excess from their lives in order to focus on the things they deem most valuable. Currently, there are a variety of blogs, podcasts, and TV shows that promote this type of living and give tips on how others can begin this journey. The ultimate aim of minimalism is to seek to give order to one’s life. Not everyone is a minimalist, but all people seek order in their lives in some form.

In this passage, we see that God is also interested in order. In creation, God gave order to the things that He created. God gave a different purpose for living creatures, even before the creation of man. Prior to his mandate to be fruitful for mankind (1:28), God provided a similar mandate for other living creatures. This reminds us that nothing God created is without purpose.

Remembering that God is a God of order gives us further reason to trust Him. We all go through seasons of life that seem like they are chaotic and without meaning. However, this passage reminds us that God does all things with intentionality and purpose. We can trust Him even when we are unclear about His purposes. We have the blessing of passages like this one to remind us of the truth of God’s character and His order in all of life.

• Where do you currently feel most in need of order in your life?

• How will you seek to submit this area before the Father and act in trust of Him?

• Pray and thank God that He is a God of order who does all things for His purposes and the good of His people.

[1] Becker, Joshua. "What Is Minimalism?" Becoming Minimalist. April 20, 2014. Accessed January 11, 2019. https://www.becomingminimalist.com/what-is-minimalism/.