Back to the Beginning: Genesis

Let’s begin at the beginning: Genesis 1
(We encourage you to find your Bible. There’s something special about a holding the book in your hand, but if you can’t click on the link to read today’s verses.)

It’s the continuing of Beyond the Gospels, but it is also the beginning. The beginning of the Bible… the beginning of a new year. Maybe you are joining us for the first time, or maybe you are continuing the journey. No matter, I’m thinking this is a good place to begin.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2

Consider 2017. Beginning a new year holds the same potential the creating of all creation had. There are places without form… voids needing to be filled… darkness smothering deep places. We consider a new year with both dread and excitement in the not knowing.

What will God do this year? What trouble, hardship, pain will I face? What blessings are in store for me?

Through it all you can be sure of one thing… God is hovering. Webster’s defines hover as to hang fluttering in the air, to remain suspended over a place or object, to move to and fro near a place. 

Whatever the year brings God is hovering. Hanging over every moment in the coming year… suspended over the place you are. And He’s moving… moving to and fro near you. He’s stirring up whatever will bring you and yours closer to Him. 

He is faithful to never leave us void, without form, or in darkness. He is faithful. And this my friends fills us with faith. So let’s greet this new year with joy because the One who created the world overcame the world so that you might be saved!

Father God, I am grateful for a new year and all its potential.
Fill me with the faith to trust Your presence and work in all that comes.
Replace any fear or anxiety of the unknown with joy, hope, and peace
because You are still about the work of creating in me.

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