The journey begins ‘in the beginning’
Every journey begins with a first step. Every story starts “in the beginning.”
This story – like this journey – is no exception.
The Bible’s very first words: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
Before God spoke, nothingness.
Then God speaks: “Light.”
The Creator separates light from darkness. Then come sky and land. Then plants and trees, followed by sun, moon, and stars. Then fish, birds, and animals. Finally God said, “Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves.”
God created everything – you included. Some deny that and insist it is all accident and coincidence, but the evidence – and our hearts – say otherwise.
And if God Almighty creates, what sort of creation is the result?
Genesis 1:31 tells us: “Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was excellent in every way.”
“Excellent in every way.”
In the Bible’s original language, the word translated “excellent” means “good, pleasant, agreeable.” It implies being in a place where people are glad, happy, and prosperous, where the world is right, where everyone enjoys well-being, prosperity, and happiness. Every need is met.
Sounds like heaven on earth, doesn’t it? A place of harmony and wholeness where each life – including yours – has meaning and purpose. A place of freedom from sickness and death, from greed and hatred, from oppression and injustice of every kind.
One commenter says God’s fresh creation was “free of problems, full of promise … a majestic display of power and purpose … bathed in innocence.” God designed his world to work in a certain way, within a particular set of relationships – between himself and humanity, between people and the rest of creation, between the man and woman and their descendants.
The way God created the world reflects who he is. The creation story reveals God’s vision for the life he intended us to enjoy. It describes how things should be. It defines the ultimate justice only God can provide: wholeness of life and body; harmony in right relationships; prosperity, success, and fulfillment; and victory over the enemy of all that is good.
This is peace and justice … true and complete.
If you look around you – or in the mirror – you know this isn’t the way the world is now. If you have read the Bible, you know what happened to destroy the peace – and what God did to open a way back.
There is more to this story than the first chapter, more to this journey than the first step.
Think about it
If you could rid the world of one evil, what would it be? Why?
More than income for her family
Uncertainty rocked Vanna Keo* after her husband accepted Christ. She had never met any Christians before, and now her husband was one. After Keo accepted Christ as well, their Muslim community turned against them and the family fell upon hard times. Click here to read more.
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