Monday, January 2, 2017

Beginning Anew

Genesis 1:1-2 - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

A few days ago I wrote about new beginnings that start with God. Today is the first day of our new year and the first day of reading from God's Word. Another beginning. And don't you see the beginning He created?

He created a world and went on to fill that earth with life forms, flora and fauna, then human life. He only wanted that this human life commune with Him, worship Him, obey Him. 

This is what the beginning was all about. It's also why He sent His Son to this earth that eventually grew corrupt, after years of people seeing how this God created just by speaking, could part waters, kill enemies, provide food and water from the most unusual sources...and so wanted to commune with them face-to-face...until in fear the people said to stop.

This is not a God who is to be feared like some tyrant or dictator. He's a loving God who is our Father in heaven and who treats us as we would our own children (or should). If they are disrespectful, they should be reprimanded. If a reprimand doesn't work, punishment is necessary. He does it because He loves us. 

The first thing God created was light. Without light we cannot see. God's light so shines that we might see Him. In the beginning it is so clear.... Just as God spoke all of creation into existence (so that we might not have any excuse not to know of His existence), all we need to do to be in God's stead is call on Him, to seek forgiveness of our sins and turn away from them and walk with Him. He will say, "It is good" when we do that.

He created a division between heaven and earth and land and seas. He desires a division between the righteous and unrighteous. He asks that we separate ourselves from them. Land is a solid ground, water is not. He asks we plant our feet on solid ground. And once we do this we are to produce good fruit for our service for Him. Even He has divided Himself from us. But we can have a spiritual connection with Him if we notice the difference between light and dark, good and bad, wisdom and ignorance, firm and unstable, humble and proud, submissive and rebellious. God blesses the good. He has provided all we need on this earth, therefore He is all we need. It's up to us to recognize all He's done. 

When we seek Him and follow Him, like the Spirit that hovered over the face of the waters, this same Spirit will hover over and through us. My goodness, who wouldn't want to know that the God of creation so desires to be within us...the same Spirit that created all things? When one submits to Him, He creates again, a new person with a new spirit of their own and a new beginning, through Him. Amazing. 

Romans 1:20 - For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse...

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