28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
It was a motivational speech that appeared in a sport apparel ad – “This is our house!When they come here and play, they play by OUR RULES! Nobody beat us in OUR HOUSE!”. When a football team play in their home stadium, there is fan support, extra energy, more pride.
Genesis chapter 1 is the prolog, the motivational speech if you want, to a battle infinitely more significant to any championship game. It is the fight for survival of the nation of Israel – a nation that is destined to be pivotal in the salvation of all human. It is the beginning of a quest that will change human history for eternity.
But who are the players in this battle? The Israelite had been slaves for 400+ years. They never experienced owning anything – let alone owning their own land. They never had a home field advantage. 400 years of slavery definite will put a loser’s mentality into anyone’s head.
So the Genesis story start by a declaration: “This is OUR land”. This is our land, because the Creator of Heaven and Earth had promised this land to us. We are not runaway slave invading a foreign land. We are rightful heirs who come to reclaim what is rightfully ours. To top it all of, our God – the Creator and therefore the Owner of heaven and earth – is walking in front of us in a pillar of fire and cloud. He is on our team.
When we walk into our offices today, are we walking into our “Promised Land”? or are we walking into a “land of slavery”? It all depends on who is on your team.