Did you do it? Did you find time to read Genesis 1 to discover who God says he is?
No? Never mind let us all take a moment and have a look together now.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God made the heavens and earth.
This one sentence, which starts the whole bible, holds the key to how we relate to God. In the very first sentence of the very first chapter of the very first book of the bible where God declares he was there in the beginning, before anything was made, God was there ready to go to work.
This is one of the most challenging verses in the bible, we find here God is making a declaration of himself and what he did. He declares it but he challenges us to believe it. Within this first sentence lies a challenge to our sinful heart.
Are we willing to see beyond the small mini universe that we have created ourselves, this mini universe where we decide who enters, how and what we think, how we live. This mini universe where we decide how others should live too? But at the same time we are determined that no-one is going to tell us how to live.
Or are we willing to consider God’s challenge to us all, look to Him the one who created not only you but all that you see around you, all that you experience, the air you breathe, the seasons that happen around you, even the sky that is beyond your control?
God is God not because we believe he is, God is God because He declares it.
This sentence will be the one sentence that you will always need to come back to regardless of where along the journey of life you are.
Do I believe there is a creator? Do I believe I am created? Do I believe all I see around me was created too?
Is this too much to accept? Lots of questions but where can I find the answers?
Well if God is God and God did what God said he did don’t we owe it to ourselves to explore God’s world and God’s word? After all isn’t that what our niggling doubts need?
There has to be more to life than this.
My mini kingdom is falling apart, what can I do next?
Why are all my relationships messy?
Why do I have this unsettled feeling that I’m missing out on something?
No matter where I go nothing seems to keep my attention for long, why am I always looking for the next thing?
If only I had more stuff, if only I had more money.
No problem, this is it there is nothing to worry about beyond this, I get one life I just need to make the most of it….don’t I?
As we take the step of being willing to consider that God is God and He did what He did, where does that takes us?
Well before us is the living word of God that helps us to engage with questions like these, if we have a willingness to put aside our doubts, put aside our own assurances and embark on an exciting journey of discovery.
Until next time; let me leave you with a thought.
How did God create the heavens and earth?