Words from the Heart for Tuesday January 1st, 2019
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1 (NIV)
Upper Canada, the predecessor of modern Ontario, was created in 1791 by the division of the old colony of Quebec into Lower Canada in the east and Upper Canada in the west. A wilderness society settled largely by Loyalists and land-hungry farmers moving north from the United States, Upper Canada endured war with America, an armed rebellion, and half a century of economic and political growing pains until it was merged again with its French-speaking counterpart into the Province of Canada.
Authors realize the importance of the first line of any book they write. It needs to draw people in, and give the reader a desire to keep reading. The greatest author ever understood this principle, and so God begins the Bible with a simple but profoundly important line. Genesis 1:1 simply says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” It is a simple statement – in the beginning, God created. But everything in the rest of the 66 books that make up the Bible depend upon this statement being true. It explains God’s powerful nature and creative genius, it is the foundation of His love for us, which drives the redemption story and it gives us a jumping off point to begin to explain the Gospel to others. In a world where many try to explain away God, we have the opportunity to point out that the only logical explanation for the beauty and complexities of this universe is intelligent design. We have an ancient text that explains the foundation of this universe far better than chance. In knowing that in the beginning God created, we have the assurance of His love for this world.
These have been words from the heart.