READ : Genesis 1
In the beginning God created . . . (Genesis 1:1)
The Christian faith proclaims and celebrates the God who created heaven and earth. That is where our creed begins, that is where our Bible begins, and that is what we must insist. From the seventeenth century on, when only what our five senses could perceive began to become the determiner of what can be, our fundamental Christian assertion that “God created” has been challenged. The “Big Bang” or the “Single Cell” are the names of the theories that can subvert our belief in how it all really began.
“God created,” though, is more than merely a theory to discuss. It is an anchor that holds us when life seems to be collapsing all around us and when the brokenness within us threatens to overwhelm. When all hell broke loose for Job God reminded him, “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” (Job 38:4). John’s story of God’s salvation effort begins with his own version of “God created.” “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him” (John 1:1-3). So when the challenges in life seem overwhelming to you, remember “God created.” And when your own brokenness threatens you, remember: the Creator is your Father!
Father God, you are the Creator. Amen.