“Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day.” Genesis 1:9-13
On the third day, God gathered the waters and separated the dry land demonstrating that God carried two distinct creative acts. First, God ordered the lower water to come together to one place. Secondly, it allowed the dry ground to appear. God called the dry ground “land” while the gathered water He called “seas”. Again, we see God establishing control over the chaos. Even more, we can see that each act of separation and distinction brings order out of disorder, form out of formlessness, cosmos out of chaos.
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind”. Here the seed would bear plants and trees, and as we know, we are not talking about one specific plant or tree, but God actually commands the land to produce diverse and abundant plant life. The power that God gave the land to produce does not mean that the earth or nature is a goddess or a female god. Rather, God gave a direct with specific authority for nature to operate by bringing forth various kinds of plants on various environments on earth. The earth is empowered to bring forth grass, trees, all types of trees, plants, shrubs, etc. The reference to seed and kind demonstrates that the plant kingdom will continue to reproduce. All the plants and the trees produce according to their kind throughout the earth providing food for animals and even humans. And God saw that the vegetation was good!
We can see that God has the power to gather together so something else would appear. Therefore, let us not underestimate the power of our God because the Word of God says that “For I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6), and the author of Hebrews reminds the readers that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Just like on the third day God continued to bring order out of disorder, God can bring order in your disorderly life. Still today, God can bring a form that seems formless regarding your dreams. I do not know where you are at in your life or what season of your life you are at, but today, God wants to remind you that He was able to bring order in a chaotic world on the third day. Today, if you are willing, God will do it for you too. And out of nothing, God will bring hope into your life. I encourage you to read the story of the beginning in Genesis 1, where God brings order to a disorderly world, and still today, He can do it in your life.