January 16, 2019 | Genesis 1:1

Pastor Brian Anderson

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1, ESV)

In the beginning, God...

“The beginning” in this sentence refers to a period when there was no recorded time--no clocks, no seasons, no timeline of reference--just eternity! And who was in eternity before there was a beginning? God! For there was never a starting moment for God in eternity. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have always existed together in perfect harmony and delight! This means that God was not looking for something to complete Him or for someone to give Him a love or a happiness that had been forever lacking. God was complete, and in His completeness He created the world.

It is hard for us to wrap our minds around this fascinating truth, but it is indeed fascinating and true! Knowing this, we have our answer to the age old question: Where did everything come from and why am I here? Our answer is found in God! In the Psalms we are reminded that God spoke the world into existence: 

Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm (Psalm 33:8-9, ESV). 

We can stand firm knowing that this world is present because He spoke it into being! We fear Him as the Maker of the heavens and the earth as well as all created things!  

You may acknowledge that He created all things, but you may be left wondering why? He made all things for His own glory. And this is why you are here on earth--to bring Him glory!  What does it mean to glorify God--to make much of Him! It has been said that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. To glorify ourselves or anything else in creation would be to rob God of what is rightly due to Him. We are not robbed of any true satisfaction when we glorify Him as Creator God. Instead, through Christ Jesus, we are filled with the greatest hope and purpose that man and woman can have on this earth!  

May you stand in awe today as you reflect upon your purpose on this earth and rejoice in the Creator of the heavens and the earth! 

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