I’m already smiling.
I’m remembering my first few classes in college. There was a nursing shortage at the time, and before you could even apply to be a part of that program it was required of you to take specific classes. They were doozies. Biology, Microbiology with a lab, Anatomy where we dissected a cat, Pharmacology, and Physiology, where in these classes you literally had to memorize each square inch of the human body, all its parts, and all the movements. Then you had to memorize thousands of medications, side effects, human diseases, causes, processes, and why. I still remember that season of my life as extremely challenging. When asked by a fellow classmate why these classes are so difficult before nursing school even begins, one of the professors would inevitably say, “To weed out early those who can’t hack it!”
That’s what this very first verse of the very first chapter of Genesis does very simply. In the beginning…God. Not only is the Bible stating God was already here, but that God created the heavens and the Earth. Friends, don’t skip past this seemingly unimportant verse to get to the good stuff. God purposefully shot off a firework at the beginning of the show, not waiting for the grand finale. This is His great beginning!
If you say you believe in God you already have some measure of faith. (Let’s face it. If you say you don’t believe there’s a God you have have a measure of faith as well. This faith that everything was accidental is not really very logical, but faith nonetheless.)
But if you claim a faith that says, yes, God is real, how important do you think it is to believe the very first thing He says?
I always tell people, if you can read the first week of creation, and believe every word, there should be no problem with any other account within this book. What trumps there being nothing, God creating, and you tangibly enjoying, this very Earth we reside on?
My God, and yours, even if you don’t claim Him as Creator, thought of everything, and everyone. He thought of you, formed you, grew you up, sustained you, and gave us the stars. He thought of how close the Earth needed to be to the sun, what the soil needed to be rich in, what water needed to be made of, oxygen, lights in the night for navigation…the list is endless.
If you can believe Genesis 1:1, you can believe anything else that’s written in this book. This is just the beginning of His love story.