God Creates the Sky
Genesis 1:6-8 “And God made the firmament and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters that were above the firmament and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven, and evening and morning were the second day.”
Remember still water is everywhere, and as already indicated God is all powerful, but He is a God of order and it is difficult to imagine His being surrounded by water while creating the world and everything in it. Then on day two He performed one of many amazing acts: He separated the waters above the firmament and sky appeared above the water. Now for the first time there was water and sky, that enormous space which appears to have no beginning or end. Perhaps now there were air, clouds, and probably wind to stir the air and cause ripples on the water. Though air is essential to life, how long has it been since you and I thanked God for the air we breathe?
And it’s important to remember that atmosphere also serves as a blanket of gases which separate and protect the earth. And because of that blanket of protection, sun which will be created later, won’t burn man to death during day and he won’t freeze at night. So air came before land, another indication of God’s working in an orderly manner.
So on day two, God made an expanse or space which separated waters under the earth from waters above it, and He called that upper expanse or space sky from what later will become earth. Atmosphere contains air which all living things God would create require to survive and grow. Scientists tell us that atmosphere is made with just the right amounts of nitrogen, oxygen, and a small amount of carbon dioxide essential to all living things.
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the spacious sky, endless space, and the air we breathe. You created all living things to require air to live; therefore, we thank You for providing atmosphere filled with air for us to breathe and for birds to have a place to fly from place to place. Humans have a tendency to take some of the most essential things of life for granted, but we need to remember when man stops breathing air, he will die, so we thank You in Jesus’ name for this blessing. Amen.