In the Beginning
"In the beginning God…."1
It's fascinating how God introduced himself to the human race. He is totally non-defensive and non-explanatory. He simply opens his Word, the Bible, with the simple but profound statement saying, "In the beginning God…." That is, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
God didn't tell us how he did it. Thousands of years later scientists are still trying to work out exactly how it all began and how it happened. My guess is that they will never fully unfold this mystery—not this side of eternity anyhow.
Believing in God and his creation boils down to faith and choice. We basically choose what we want to believe. Many of us believe in God because that was what we were taught as children but at some point we made the choice whether to continue believing in him or not.
For some people choosing to believe in God has more to do with morality than it has to do with intellectual issues. Many don't want to believe in God (or in some parts of the Bible) so they can live and behave as they choose. However, if we believe in God, we know that we are morally responsible and accountable to him.
Another tragedy when we don't believe in God is as the Russian author, Dostoyevsky, said: "When people stop believing in God, the danger is not that they will believe in nothing. It's that they will believe in anything."
Or as another has said, "If we don't stand for something we may fall for anything."
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I choose to believe in you. I choose to trust my life to you and, with your help, I choose to love and serve you all the days of my life. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Genesis 1:1.
Note: If you have never received Jesus as your Savior or received God's forgiveness, I encourage you to do that today. To do so see "God's Invitation" at: www.actsweb.org/invitation.php. Or for further help read, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" at: www.actsweb.org/christian.
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Richard (Dick) Innes unless otherwise stated.