Questions arising from the Book of Beginnings

Questions come quickly, as the Book is opened a-new.“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This is the first verse of 31 thousand, one hundred and two.

A choice must be made right from the start: “Yes, I believe in God,” or  “What man wrote this book?” It’s about matter – a matter of the heart.

Believing God created is impossibly difficult for some, but for others, it’s reasonably easy, when time is invested in studying the eye or perhaps, the sun.

“In the beginning God, …” the first four words of this Book. Well, a Book of Books I suppose, in that the Contents lists 66, (if you take the time to look.)

Do you remember ever receiving a Bible? With your name in the front and all? I received one at my kindergarten graduation, with cap and gown, standing tall.

But don’t forget this one thing, dear friends, (2 Peter Chapter 3 verse 8),  With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” Does that mean that, to the Lord, I received my Bible only hours ago. And He’s watching and waiting as I journey on and walk my way through this world.

So back to those words, that start things out: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1 verse 1.  A new beginning for me, with big questions, I seek to find – what it’s all about. 

So I took the time to look more at “God” and what that word really means. The divine name is in Hebrew, to be exact – Elohim. Elohim stresses majesty and omni-potence. And the ‘im’ is especially interesting, in that it’s a plural ending in a singular sense.

God is one, yet more than one? Even in the very first verse. Who is this God who created? Created the heavens and the earth. I learned this when I was five, even though I forgot it then, again – that God is 3 in 1. Today, it all comes alive.

God created. He called into existence things that were not. I can make a gift, or bake a cake. But God, He creates something to be, through the very power of God.

Faith is needed to get past the first verse. Faith is believing, without ability to see. But when we look up and ask, and give Him our questions, He answers somehow – as our eyes look searching, the Universe … We wonder, and look, and we cry,”Let it be.”

The heavens, the sky, the vast space for our eyes. The canvas for beauty with every sunrise. With every sunset, the horizon is seen. Back to earth are our questions, for God, Elohim.

Questions are good. God must love them from us. So let us open His pages, each day of our lives, that we might struggle and fuss with the Lord who loves us.

How do I know about the Lord’s love for you? Surely you remember the lullaby song, when you were restless and weary, an infant child too. Yes, Jesus loves me, I want to grow in that love. And yes, He loves you. Perhaps, daily, we read together His word.






Author: tonirypkema

Wife to 1, mother of 11, daughter of 1. "The most amazing woman in the world." -Jared (son)

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