Words from the Heart for Tuesday January 2nd, 2018
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1 (NKJV)
In the Beginning
Only our great and eternal God could exist even before the beginning! His creative power was about to be known. He is indeed the “everlasting one.” Yet He is also the one who is aware of us and cares for us and knows us more than anyone else! We have a wonderful God.
Before the arrival of European explorers and settlers to what is now Canada, native people lived off the land, some by hunting and gathering, others by raising crops. The Huron-Wendat of the Great Lakes region, like the Iroquois, were farmers and hunters. The Cree and Dene of the Northwest were hunter-gatherers. The Sioux were nomadic, following the bison (buffalo) herd. The Inuit lived off Arctic wildlife. West Coast natives preserved fish by drying and smoking. Warfare was common among Aboriginal groups as they competed for land, resources and prestige.
Canada’s beginning predates by millennia the arrival of Europeans to this part of the world. And the creation of the world began in the mind of our Creator God before time existed. The Bible begins with a huge assumption. In the beginning, God. The Bible never deals with a question that is often the first theological question that children ask – where did God come from. It simply assumes that God is. This is because God just is. He is without beginning and He has no end. It’s a tough idea for us to get our finite minds around. Our only experience as human beings, tied to time and space as we are, is that everything and everyone has a beginning and will have an end. Not so with God. So the Bible begins this way in Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Creation has a beginning. The world of time and space has a beginning – it occurred when God spoke everything into existence. God simply is and always will be. We can trust Him completely with our eternity because He is by nature eternal.
These have been words from the heart.