The First Contractor

By Greg Sitek

In the beginning God created heaven and earth.

The earth was void and darkness was upon the face of the deep. The Spirit of God moved across waters. He said, “Let there be light.” With those three words the greatest contractor of all time launched the greatest construction project ever.

On the second day He divided day from night; on the third day He created the sky; on the fourth He separated the waters from the land mass; on the fifth He filled the waters and the skies with living creatures. He had done all this without machines, electricity, drawings, computers or materials; without funds, insurance bonds or agencies. He did all this with His heart and mind.

On the sixth day after filling the land with animals He said, “Let us create man and woman in Our image and likeness and give them charge and dominion over the fish of the seas, the fowl of the air, the animals and creatures that roam the lands and all other things We have created.”

God in His infinite wisdom knew that the humans, people, would make mistakes, break the rules; in time destroy many of the natural beauties He had created; God knew we would pollute, tarnish, mutilate and even destroy His work; change His construction project. In His infinite wisdom God knew, because He created us in His image and likeness, we would continue to build and create, reshaping the very face of earth.

Fortunately for humankind, construction and contractors have continued working on making earth more suitable for our ever-expanding population and all its needs. 

On the seventh day God rested, He did not stop. Even knowing all these things, He turned His greatest project over to His subcontractor, mankind.

God knew we would do great things; build roads, bridges, churches, temples, synagogues; that we would fashion hospitals, schools, libraries; that we would re-route rivers, relocate and even create lakes. God knew that we would gain control over our environment and extract the minerals, metals, ores, gases and energy from it. He knew we would use all this, all He had created, all He had given us dominion over to create, invent, design, and engineer more; He knew we would travel over the land and seas; that we would fly through the air, penetrate the deepest depths of the oceans; soar through space and walk on other planets, explore and push all the limits we would encounter. 

God knows all this.

If it were not for God’s subcontractors, our contractors, construction companies, construction workers, where would we be? Thanks to these humans we have the world in which we live. Without them we would still be living in caves, struggling to survive; because of them we have:

Roughly 65 million miles of road in the world (using the American definition of road 64,285,009 miles according to Wikipedia). 

More than 6,222,080,408 buildings on earth.

According to the Airports Council International (ACI) World Airport Traffic Report, there are currently 17,678 commercial airports in the world, in other words those which receive airliners, cargo and business aircraft.

More than 4,489,407 miles of railroad in just the ten largest countries.

835 of the most active seaports and inland ports in the world move more than 99 percent of the world’s trade. 

According to Wikipedia there are 1,593,563,453 households in the world as of 2012 with an average of 3.4 people per household. 

This is only glimpse of all that our contractors and subcontractors have added to our world, the world in which we live. No, it’s not a perfect world but God does know this.  

This material appeared in the December 2020 issues of the ACP Magazines:

California Builder & EngineerConstructionConstruction DigestConstruction NewsConstructioneer,Dixie ContractorMichigan Contractor & BuilderMidwest ContractorNew England ConstructionPacific Builder & EngineerRocky Mountain ConstructionTexas ContractorWestern Builder