In the Beginning

Today’s readings:

  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
  • Genesis 1
  • 1 Chronicles 1
  • Luke 1:1-25

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

(Genesis 1:1 ESV)

Under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Moses pens these very first words of Holy Scripture.  And what a powerful set of words it is.  When Moses writes, “the heavens“, he wasn’t just talking about the skies, but as we see from the rest of the passage, the entire universe.  It is from this thought that everything else in Scripture follows.  God created everything.

This is a reality that we often take for granted.  Pause for a moment and just think about that.  Think about the vastness and the complexity and the beauty of the universe on a macro level.  Now, think about the detail and the complexity and the beauty of creation on a micro level.  Your God, whether you acknowledge Him or not, created it all.  What does that imply?  It all belongs to Him.  He has the right to do with it as He pleases.  He could obliterate it if He wanted to, and He would be totally just in doing so.  It also implies that He is greater than the universe.  The Creator is supremely above the creation.

The fact that God created the entire universe out of nothing also speaks to His omnipotence, His all-powerfulness.  So, on a practical level, if we are willing to confess that God created the entire universe out of nothing, how silly it is for us to doubt His power in anything else.  We hear people scoff at the idea that God could get two of each kind of animal onto an ark–He created the universe.  How could He possibly make Jonah survive in a giant fish for three days–He created the universe.  Feed thousands with a few loaves of bread and a few fish–He created the universe.

Beloved, if ever you doubt that God could do something, you only need to look at the very first words of Scripture: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

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