In the Beginning

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to observe God’s act of creation in the opening chapters of Genesis. Surely, it must have been an awe-inspiring sight. Imagine watching the stars burst forth in brilliant radiance, the mighty waters stilled and parted, and abundant life spilling across every corner of creation—who wouldn’t want front row tickets to see that!

Yet, I don’t need to see God’s act of creation to marvel at how great our God is; just the words of Genesis 1 are enough to fill me with wonder and awe. In the beginning, all God had to do was speak, and order and light and life were brought into a place of chaos and darkness and emptiness. Immediately, the complexities of the universe—so thinly understood by scientists—sprung into being at the voice of their Maker. As I meditate on the words of Genesis 1, my heart can’t help but be filled with joy as I see God’s power, might, and authority on full display. God is powerful, and his word that goes out never returns to him empty. Wherever it is heard, life is sown.

I wonder if this is how we normally view our God. Are we regularly gripped with a sense of humility as we approach him, recognizing that our Creator is the rightful ruler of all creation? Are we constantly filled with praise and thanksgiving for the life that he has given to us? Do we realise the privilege of being in relationship with our Creator, even though he is so big and we are so insignificant in contrast? Do we trust that the God who created the heavens and the earth is also powerful enough to keep his promises of rescue and a new creation? Are we quick to listen to the life-giving words of our Creator?

The reality is, my view of God is often small and limited, and it certainly can’t compare to the way God is being presented here. Perhaps the same is true for you too. My prayer, then, is that as we work through Genesis together, God will help us to see him as he is—in all his power, might, and glory. May we be filled with such praise and awe for our mighty God, that we will join the saints around the throne to cry out “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created” (Rev. 4:11).