Words from the Heart for Friday May 27th, 2016
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Genesis 1:1-2 (NIV)
In the Beginning
Behind every created thing is a world made with order, purpose and design. When you look at the world, do you see the wonder of God’s creativity? Ask Him to show you how the heavens declare the glory of God.
Most Canadians have studied the English and French histories of Canada, but may not realize that before the French and English arrived, it was Spain and Portugal who had their finger in the pie that became Canada. Based on the Treaty of Tordesillas, the Spanish Crown claimed it had territorial rights in the area visited by John Cabot in 1497 and 1498. However, Portuguese explorers like João Fernandes Lavrador continued to visit the north Atlantic coast, which accounts for the appearance of “Labrador” on topographical maps of the period. In 1506, King Manuel I of Portugal created taxes for the cod fisheries in Newfoundland waters and João Álvares Fagundes and Pêro de Barcelos established fishing outposts in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia around 1521. These were later abandoned, with the Portuguese colonizers focusing their efforts on what would become Brazil.
The Bible begins with God. God doesn’t have a beginning, so it doesn’t need to explain where God came from. It simply says “In the beginning, God.” God simply is. He always has been and always will. A spiritual being outside of time, He created the physical world and made time a reality. So the Bible says in Genesis 1:1-2: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” When the Bible speaks of the beginning, this isn’t the beginning of God, but of the beginning of time. He spoke the world into being, at first a formless, dark place. But God was there, in the presence of the Holy Spirit, who was hovering over the formless world that He had created. God is still with us. He has never left this world that He brought into being back in the mists of history. He still hovers over this planet that He created and loves. Usually when we read this verse, we focus on His creative power. Over the next few days we will do just that. But today, lets rest in the fact that God was there on the first day the world existed. In spite of the evil that is apparent in our day, God is still with us. And He recreates all who put their faith in Jesus Christ.
These have been words from the heart.