A Working God

Daniel Denk

READ : Genesis 1:31
Genesis 2:1-3

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing. (Gen. 2:2 NIV)

Our God is a working God. Do you think of him in that way? The Bible opens with a working God who is speaking, fashioning, designing, crafting, and sculpting. In William Blake’s famous painting “The Ancient of Days,” he portrays the Creator as stooped over his creation, with muscles bulging, hair flung in the wind, actively, fiercely forming the creation; a God with his sleeves rolled up. In contrast, Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” portrays God reclining: not a working God, but a lounging God.

Not only did God work in creation, he is still working today. Scripture uses numerous images to describe God’s work of providence – his rule over the creation. He is a builder, composer, metalworker, garment maker, potter, farmer, and shepherd.

So God did not stop working when creation was finished. He rested from his creating work because it was finished, but he did not stop working. Jesus made this clear when he said, “My father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working” (John 5:17).

This working God made us in his image. Among other things, he made us workers. This adds dignity to our labor. It provides meaning to our work done in his name.


Lord, thank you for providing dignity to our labor.