God Said, God Did, Then God Saw (Genesis 1)

The Creation Account (Genesis 1) is known by many and you may have read it countless times. But there's did you ever think about the process or method that God used to create the world? His first step was to speak his intention, and then he took action on his words. The result? He saw the results of what he spoke. Let's talk about this process in a little more depth, because if we understand how God creates things, we will have a better understanding of how he intends for us to build his kingdom.

God Said

Everything started with the spoken word. All that you see - trees, lakes, mountains, birds, animals, light and darkness, and even humanity itself - this all originates from one source: the spoken word of God.

Each of the 6 days of creation begin with two words: "God said..." (see verses 3, 6, 9, 14, 20, and 24 of Genesis 1). All of life began with words, and even now, everything that needs to manifest in your life will begin with words. Just as God began by verbally expressing his intentions, so we also begin our healing, restoration, and creation by verbally expressing our own intentions. You don't necessarily have to speak it in front of others - it can be quietly to yourself. The point isn't that other people hear, but rather that you and God hear.

God Took Action

After speaking his intentions, God took action on his words. Throughout the Creation Account, we see that after God spoke something, it came into existence. But why did he he speak first and take action second? Couldn't he have simply taken action first and then spoken after that? Nope, that's not how it works with God, and that's now how it works with us humans.

Action that isn't guided by an intention doesn't really accomplish anything worthwhile. You've probably heard the thought, "If you don't know where you're going, how will you get there?" That's very true.

Verbalizing an intention is really a call to action. Sometimes that action is done by the person who spoke, while other times it is by another person or another force. God used the force of his spirit to create what he spoke. Sometimes we need to use the force of our labor to produce what we speak, and other times all we need is to depend on the power of God to manifest our spoken intentions. Either way, notice that speaking is always followed by action.

God Saw

Finally, after speaking his intention and taking action to manifest it, God saw results. Not only did he see the results, he labeled it "good" or "very good."

Notice that God did not see what he intended first. It was only after thinking it, speaking it, and taking some action did he see manifestation of his initial intention. Take this to heart, and realize that we should not wait to see our desires manifest before we call them into being. Let's take God's approach and start by speaking them into existence, and taking any necessary action.

And when we see God's desires manifest in our lives, let us also remember to call it "good," just as God did. All that God does is good, and so all that we do should be good, too. If you're seeing results that are not good, ask yourself the question, "Are my intentions glorifying to God, and the results I expect build up God's kingdom?" Only Christ-like desires manifest into good things.


Genesis 1 outlines the steps that God took to create the entire world, including us his children. From this passage, we can not only learn the steps that God takes to create things, but we can also learn the steps he intends for us to take to build up his kingdom here on earth, as it is in heaven. Once you have an idea that God plants in your mind, speak it out first, then take action (or expect action to be taken). After doing that, you will see the manifestation, and you can call it "good."
About The AuthorJonathan Hostetler lives in southern Pennsylvania. He grew up in a strong Christian family, dedicated his life completely to Jesus at the age of 9, experienced a spiritual breakthrough at the age of 15, and is now in his mid twenties, joyfully serving Yahweh and sharing Yahweh's message of salvation and hope both on the internet and in person.
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