In The Beginning

Steve Petroelje

READ: Genesis 1:1,31

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (v. 1)

Our earthly life begins with conception and ends with death. In between we experience beginnings and endings, gains and losses. Over the next couple of weeks we will examine various passages of Scripture to see how God offers us hope, help and healing in times of loss, endings, and new beginnings.

The first four words of the Bible are “In the beginning, God.” God is eternal and has no beginning or end. He was present prior to the beginning of this world. He was there to start all beginnings when he created the heavens and the earth. Ponder that for a moment. Before you were conceived, before you began school, started your first job, entered into marriage, or became a parent, God preceded all of your beginnings. He created the world and declared it “very good” (v. 31). Sin, corruption, evil, and death were unknown. Yet in this world, all our beginnings will eventually end, sooner or later, for one reason or another. Living in a fallen world tainted by sin includes loss and death—which ends every earthly endeavor.

God has acted to give us hope in the beginnings and endings of life. He has sent us a Savior—Jesus Christ—the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Rev. 22:13). In the starts and finishes, the pain of loss, and even the sting of death, Jesus is our lasting hope.

Eternal God, thank you for being with me in the beginnings and endings of life. Amen.