Sunday, January 6, 2013

In The Beginning

Sombrero Galaxy.  Image from the Wikimedia Commons.
Preparing to go into the New Year, I went to the beginning of the book:  Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 

The ancient Mid East myths told people's ideas of how the world came to be. Usually one of the gods fought and defeated some monster or animal that represented chaos. After winning the battle, he put things in order and finally earned the right to be "king" of the other gods. 

In this statement from Genesis we see the ancient myths gone.  There are no gods battling in the making of the unformed earth.  Polytheism and nature religions have been replaced with the revelation of the Lord of History.  He doesn't fight His way out of chaos. He simply utters Royal decrees which make existence and order from nothing and continue to maintain such order.  In the beginning we see only God:  Creating, yet He Himself uncreated.  Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

He is the first cause.  We can rejoice that there was someone before everyone and everything else.  We can rejoice that this infinite consciousness, God, designed and created everything, including us.  Since we're designed, our lives have purpose.  

We are not the product of mythological creatures or random anomalies, but the offspring of the Creator Himself. Before there was time He planned blessing for us in this life and eternal joy in His presence.  Even now He searches for those who will worship Him in Spirit and truth, reaching into His perfect love, peace and joy! 

What are you putting first and foremost as you go into 2013?  Sunday starts each week as a reminder to give God preeminence.  Making God first in your life makes what's left so much better. I've even noticed that giving Him the "first fruit" of my income has the effect of aligning the rest of it under His care. 

Enter 2013 knowing your life was designed with a purpose. You can find your own meaning by turning back to your Creator and glorifying Him!  That's Good News for a New Year!

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