Before the Beginning
Genesis 1:1: In the beginning God created…
The first event to happen was Creation. And Creation was a direct act of God.
A children’s story Bible that I was given began with the words “God was lonely, so He decided to make a world.” This is simply not true. God is One God, in three persons eternally. Therefore, there was never a time when God was lonely, and there was never a time when God was not a God of love. The fact that time itself began, when God created, does not mean that He did not exist before there was time. Francis Schaeffer explained it thus:
Something existed before creation and that something was personal and not static; the Father loved the Son; there was a plan; there was communication; and promises were made prior to the creation of the heavens and the earth.
God created the universe for a purpose. While we cannot plumb the depths of every aspect of that purpose, we do receive hints. God’s purposes were designed collectively, by the three persons of the Trinity. The Creation was designed to give glory to Him. And our part in the Creation order is only significant, in that God has chosen to glorify Himself through making humanity, and placing us on this planet, to do His will.
Creation was not a random chance act. Nor was it a mindless act, of an open, hands-off God. The Bible shows us that God is in complete control, and His ultimate purposes for this Creation will not be thwarted, because these things were decided before the beginning.
Prayer: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we thank You for Your purposes, worked out in the Creation. We bow the knee, and acknowledge You to be the Creator God, apart from whom, and before whom, there is no other. Amen.
Notes: Schaeffer, F. (1972), Genesis in Space and Time, in The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer (Vol 2), (Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1982), p9-10
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