Studies in Genesis 1
And 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, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:14-15 ESV)
We were not present during creation. We were not observing God separate the waters from the dry land and then cover the land with life. At God’s command life sprang into existence. He covered the earth with life. Each plant reproduces according to God’s predetermined will. Earth is surrounded and enveloped by light. There is no darkness.
God’s determined laws of nature are perfectly defined, fixing all existence into its specific place. He places the heavenly bodies in a perfect pattern in the firmament, in the heavens. He created an atmosphere and a wide variety of plant life placed in a perfect environment to thrive.
Our Sun is just the right size and the earth is just the right distance away to sustain life. Too close and all life burns and dies. Too far and all life freezes and dies. Our Earth revolves around the Sun, moving at the right speed, rotating on its axis at the right speed for life to live and grow and multiply. Too slow and we are flung into space and die. Too fast and we are crushed and die.
As the Earth spins on its axis and revolves around the Sun we have Day and Night, and the seasons. We see matter, space and time. God gave the means to explore our environment and His universe. He wants us to know Him by observing the evidence of His work.