History Of Redemption: Genesis 1.1-2
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." (Gen 1.1-2)
How often do I meditate on God as creator of heaven and earth? How often do I ponder the enormous implications of these first words of scripture? How often do I tremble beneath the weight of this truth, that every heartbeat, every breath, every step is only because God created the heavens and the earth? How often do I thank God for creating man in His own image? How often do I worship God and give glory to Him because He is the creator of ALL things?
We live in a society that tells us that maybe God exists, but He certainly did not create the heavens and the earth. Yet here we have these words, in this book, which has proven trustworthy and true time and time again telling us that this is a lie. I am reminded of Paul’s words to us in Romans, “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” - Romans 1.21-23. How often do I mourn for lost and broken sinners whose foolish hearts are darkened? How often do I mourn for our society that does not recognize God as creator of the heavens and the earth?
How often am I anxious because I have forgotten that God who created all things is sovereign over all He created? He is sovereign over Bellingham and he is sovereign over Sudan, because He created the heavens and the earth. How often do I forget that God sits enthroned as king forever?
These first words in Genesis spoken to us BY GOD (2 Timothy 3.16) tell us volumes about the attributes of God. He is sovereign, He is omnipresent, He is eternal, He is mighty, He is light, He is spirit, He is creative! How often do I meditate on the attributes of God? How often do I think about the creativity I see expressed in art and music and recognize those gifts as a dim reflection of that awesome creativity of God who created ALL things?
God created the heavens and the earth. He filled the void and gave form to the earth. He brought light out of darkness. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He did all this to bring glory to Himself, because He is the only one who is worthy to be glorified. And we were created to worship Him.
“Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!”