How Great You Are

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.        Genesis 1:1-2 (NLT)

“In the beginning – God created …” It’s hard for me, born in the 20th century, to imagine the “nothingness” of the beginning of this earth. But I am a Star Trek fan so I would guess it would be like standing on a holodeck and then at the command of the Creator, the waters begin to separate and form from the formless.

God has always been. There is no time before God. That is a point of understanding beyond my grasp. It is a place of faith for me. I have found that to be a more comfortable place the older I get. I have learned there is much more that I don’t know than what I do know. And I am OK with that. I have become excited about waking up each morning and wondering what “new thing” I will learn today.

In the words that God speaks is the power to create something from nothing. Genesis chapters 1 and 2 give us two perspectives of creation. The first is the majesty and gloriousness of the power of God to bring all that we know into existence. It magnificent and breathtaking. And then in the second chapter is our LORD, personal and involved with what He has created. He isn’t about just being the Creator and so also the sovereign ruler. God is the Creator that is intimately and forever connected with His created ones, like a father is to his children. Too often we debate the how and when of creation to the point of missing the key element which is the Who.

He also says to the Son,

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth
and made the heavens with your hands.
They will perish, but you remain forever.
They will wear out like old clothing.
You will fold them up like a cloak
and discard them like old clothing.
But you are always the same;
you will live forever.”            Hebrews 1:10-12 (NLT)

The writer of the book of Hebrews is all about teaching us that Jesus is fully God and so was there at the creation. Jesus is describe as the Word in John’s gospel (Chapter 1) and so as God speaks the Word and creates so Jesus creates. God’s Spirit is said to hover over the waters and so the Spirit is also there. And so I see that mystery called the Trinity, Three in One.

This devotion may not have been tied up neatly in a bow. It may have left you with more “loose ends” or questions than when you started. Welcome to your faith walk, my friends. From Genesis, the beginning of no beginning, to Revelation, the end that never ends, we have an eternal life that is filled with God’s promises. He is faithful to fulfill them. What a life we have been given! How great You are, my LORD!

How Great Thou Art sung by Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill




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