Words from the Heart for Saturday May 28th, 2016
God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
Genesis 1:3-5 (NIV)
The First Day
The first words that God speaks are words of revelation. He makes Himself known. In what ways does creation reveal the character of God?
If you were born here in Canada, try to imagine what it must be like for immigrants upon their arrival here in this country. There are a series of essays online written by immigrants describing their first day here. One of these essays, written by Larissa Deak, who arrived in Montreal from Romania, says this: “We have just come off of the plane. My family and I, we have finally arrived here in Canada, our big dream! We always saw Canada in pictures or on TV, and everything seemed to be so nice, but now, we are here, and we could see the reality with our own eyes. It’s raining, and it’s so cold that I have to put on my jacket. There are so many people around me, and they seem to be in a hurry, but I don’t know why. I look around me, and everything is so nice but at the same time, so different from what I expected.”
The Bible begins with the story of creation. The Bible would go on to describe God in so many ways, but it all begins with God being Creator. Because it does, we get an immediate sense of God’s power. Human beings are creative by nature, a gift from God. But all we create we do using material that God created from nothing. What a great God. All the beauty of the world we enjoy was first created in the mind of God. It began with a formless, dark planet, but it wouldn’t last that way for very long. Genesis 1:3-5 says “God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” Our physical world operates within time, so God had to create day and night. We don’t understand how God did this – the sun wouldn’t be created until the fourth day. But the physical world needed to be measured by time, as did God’s creation. So God created light which marked day and night, the beginning of time. God, who describes himself as Light, is Lord of time. You can trust Him to bring light into your life and to be Lord of time for you.
These have been words from the heart.