Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm 90:2, NIV)
All good stories begin at the beginning. And the story of the gospel begins at the beginning as well. It begins even before the Creation itself, with God, eternal, “from everlasting to everlasting,” the one through whom and by whom and for whom all things were created. The Bible tells us that in the beginning there was nothing at all. No air, no sun, no light, just nothing. But then God spoke. And from those words came everything.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. (Gen. 1:1-5, NIV)
God created everything, but more than that He then passed judgment on His Creation. At the end of each day he surveyed His work and pronounced that it was “good.” Finally, on the sixth day, after creating man God declared him to be “very good.” The pinnacle of Creation, we were created to image God in every part of our lives, reflecting some part of His glory into the world He created. We were to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” God’s command was for us to rule over the Creation he had made.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
3 There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is hidden from its heat.
(Psalm 19:1-6, NIV)
Although we live in a world marred by sin (something we will examine in more detail tomorrow), the Creation still reflects God’s greatness and God’s goodness. Sunsets, canyons, rivers, lakes, oceans, animals, colors, smells, tastes and sounds…God’s creative touch is still visible everywhere we turn. Every breath we breathe is a gift from God and we praise and give Him thanks for it daily.
The gospel story begins with Creation because until we understand who made us and why, until we understand where we came from and what we were created for, the gospel announcement will never make sense. As you continue to pray for those you long to see come to Christ, pray for opportunities to share this part of the story with them today.