TEXT: Genesis 1:26-31; 2:1-15
THE beautiful world that God had created was at last ready for His finest creation. God had worked for six days preparing a perfect world and now it was time to create Man. God took some dust from the ground and worked with it until it was shaped just right.
He gave Man two ears, two eyes, a nose, and a mouth. Then God gave Man something very different from all the rest of His creation. God breathed into Man and gave him a living soul. This made Man to be God's greatest creation because he could talk with God and love God. God called this first man Adam.
One of the special privileges God gave Adam was to name the animals. And he was, also, to take care of the beautiful place God had created. That would be a big job. God knew that Adam would need some help. He also knew that Adam would be lonely without someone of his own kind to talk to. So God caused Adam to go sound asleep.
While he slept, God took a rib from Adam's side. God used that rib to make a woman. God also gave her a living soul. When Adam awoke, God brought him the woman He had made. God's plan was for the woman to be Adam's helper and wife. Adam named the woman Eve.
God wanted His people to be happy because He loved them very much. He had made a beautiful garden called Eden. He filled it with the best of His creation. That was to be Adam and Eve's home. They were happy to live there. God often visited with them in the Garden. They were good friends and they loved to talk and spend time together.
When God had completed His creation, He set a good example for all of us to follow. He had worked for six days while He created the heavens and the earth. Then on the seventh day He rested. God knew this would be a good thing for all His people.
Every day of the week we see the good things that God has done for us to make us happy. But, it is important to take some quiet time after we have done our work. It is a time when we can rest and think about God. We can show God that we love Him. That is why Christians call Sunday a day of rest. On that day, especially, we can take extra time to remember all the good things God has done for us. We think about the beautiful world He made for us. We think about how happy He makes us inside. And we say, “Thank You,” to Him.