In the beginning God – Genesis 1:1-2

Genesis 1:1-2 -In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

I am reminded of an old joke I was told many years ago. When is baseball first mentioned in the Bible? Answer: Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning (Big Inning). Well don’t blame me, I never said it was a good joke. I said it was an old joke.

I love how the Bible never seeks to prove the existence of God. It never tries to explain him or categorize him. It isn’t a study on him. It is a revelation. Simply, In the beginning God.

In what beginning. Throughout the Bible we see God as the beginning and the end. He is the alpha and the omega (He’s A through Z). He is the first and the last. We know that God is eternal. We know that he has always been and always will be. That is how he reveals himself to us.

So what does the Bible mean when it says, “In the beginning?” The Hebrew word is “bereshith”. It is hard for us to fathom something that doesn’t have a beginning or end. Everything we know has a beginning and an end. We see how life starts and how it ends. We even know that the stars which all burn brightly now will have an end.

When the writer of Genesis declares “In the beginning” he is not stating the beginning of God. He is announcing the beginning of the history of creation. It is the beginning of time. It is the beginning and their will also be an end.

“In the beginning God created.” What did he create? Everything. The stars, the planets, the sun, light and darkness, land and seas, animals, birds, fish, even small insects and micro-organisms. He created man and woman. He created life.

Where as God created all things he created life and he gave that life to man and woman. He put them in charge of all things, plants, animals, birds, and fish. It was a blank canvas for us to show our creative nature too. Yes, God made us in his image. We are the only things with a creative nature that can use his creation as canvas to paint upon.

Your life is a canvas. Your talents and abilities are your palate of color. Your hands and feet are the brushes to use. God gave you a life as a gift. And he wants to see what you will paint. What will you create of your life?

What will you paint about God? How will you show this beautiful creation and all the gifts he has given you? We often call this a “spiritual” life. But it is not separate from the rest of life. Your painting should include God and his gifts to you. It especially should include his son, Jesus. When people look at your life painting will they see the beauty that God has created in you?

What will you paint about your family and friends? I know a woman who is tormented by how cruel her father was too her. Everyone thought else who looked at his life painting saw wonderful things but they did not see the darkness he painted to his family. He was a great man but she saw a different painting. It so hurt her that her painting has areas of darkness in it too. We need to make sure that our life painting is consistent to all who view it, especially our family and friends.

What will people see when we paint about our eating habits? I often wonder what people see in me there. I am losing weight so slowly now. I want to lose slower this time. It makes it easier for to maintain. But some of the slowness is because I am not consistent. One moment I am painting a picture of one who is concerned about what the things I put in my mouth while in secret I am eating M&M and ice cream. There are times when I am careful to paint a picture of one who is exercising while at other times I am sitting on the couch watching tv.

God has given us this wonderful gift, the canvas of life. What are you painting on it?

Just as life has a beginning, it also has an end. We don’t know when that end will come. Will your picture be complete? Will it be coherent? Or will it be a bunch of colors flung carelessly on the canvas? What will you do with your life canvas when it is all said and done.

Dear Heavenly Father, You are Elohim, the creator. You have given me a beautiful life-canvas and the freedom to use it however I would like to use it. I know that you would like me to honor you with it. And I want to do just that. Help me to paint a picture that honors you. Hide me behind your glory and grace so that when others look at my life-canvas they will see you. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.

Show Me Your Glory
by Third Day

I caught a glimpse of Your splendor
In the corner of my eye
The most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen
And it was like a flash of lightning
Reflected off the sky
And I know I’ll never be the same

Show me Your glory
Send down Your presence
I want to see Your face
Show me Your glory
Majesty shines about You
I can’t go on without You, Lord

When I climb down the mountain
And get back to my life
I won’t settle for ordinary things
I’m gonna follow You forever
And for all of my days
I won’t rest ’til I see You again

Show me Your glory
Show me Your glory
I can’t live without You

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