The First Verse

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Video of this devotional thought available HERE.

Even people who do not know a lot about the Bible are familiar with the very first verse of the Bible. 

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. – Genesis 1:1

Just that one sentence sparks so much of our imagination. Among people of different thoughts and perspectives, it creates conflict and initiates arguments. But for Christians, it is the foundation of everything that we believe. 

It tells us of our historical roots. “In the beginning”. John began his gospel with similar language. John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

It tells us of One who always existed. “In the beginning God…” We know that all things had a beginning, and that our eternal God was already present. The Bible doesn’t try to prove the existence of God, it assumes that He is. 

It tells us that God moved to create. “In the beginning God created..” The earth, human beings, our existence – none of it was an accident. It was all placed into motion by an eternal Creator who loves and cares for us. It reminds us of the power of God because He created the universe out of nothing!

It tells us that the universe is planned and purposeful. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

It tells us that ‘in the beginning’ was ‘just the beginning’ as the story of the first humans and the adventure of the human race is given to us in the pages of Genesis.

The first verse of the Bible tells us that God wanted to create a world where humans have the opportunity to love and follow Him, receive His love, and experience eternal life with Him forever. 

Even as he made the world, he knew if they were given choices, they would not always make the right ones and would need saving. The Bible is the story of how God sent Jesus to make it possible for everyone to be saved. So, in reality, even in the beginning words of the Bible we are assured of how much God loves us … from the beginning. 

Do you know that God loves you? He always has, and he always will. He leaves you free to respond to that love by following His son Jesus. I hope you will make that choice.