Genesis 1 & 2
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” ~Genesis 1:1
Could there be a more important statement in Scripture than this simple, matter-of-fact, one line explanation of how everything got here, including you and me? “In the beginning God created” explains it all!
We don’t know how long he took doing it—if the seven days are literal 24-hour periods or if they are epochs of time; we don’t know the details of how he planned and executed creation; we don’t know if he created dinosaurs or unicorns or Big Foot. There is a lot more about creation that we don’t know than what we do know. But we know the most important fact about it: God did it!
That’s the one piece of essential information out of the untold billions of facts we would love to get our brains around that we do have, and that is really all that matters. That is not to say trying to figure out the “what, when, where, how and why” of creation are not important—they are. It is a worthy pursuit. But the “who”, well, that one has been settled: God did it!
And just as important, perhaps even more important, are the ramifications of that fact. If God did it, then he owns it. He has a right to call the shots about how it will operate, and how we are to operate within it. He made it for his purpose and glory—and that includes you and me. He is the Creator, we are the created, and therefore all of life is to be lived for his purpose and glory. There is no better use of the oxygen we breathe in, which he created, by the way, than to carry out the purposes and live for the glory of the Creator!
“To live and work for the glory of God cannot remain an idea about which we think once in a while. It must become an interior, unceasing doxology.” ~Henri Nouwen
Furthermore, since God did it, he certainly has the power—and the motivation—to care for his creation. And that, too, includes, you and me. What a comfort to know that there is a Creator who holds the universe in his hands and sustains it by his will. Life is not the product of random forces and the future is not at the mercy of impersonal fate. Creation is in good hands, and you and I can sleep in peace tonight knowing how we got here, what is keeping us going, and where we are headed.
Yeah, God did it, and that’s a good thing.