Devotional: ‘In the Beginning’

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I am not a great scientist. I’m not even an average scientist. The truth is, science was one of my hardest subjects in school. Therefore, I have tremendous respect for those who are scientists. I especially admire those who are experts in the field of astronomy, which is the study of the universe.

But as much as I respect many scientists, I struggle with those who are adamantly opposed to any possibility that there might be a supernatural being known as God. I once heard  such a scientist say that they realize that the theory of evolution has many problems; however, they refused to believe that there was a God and therefore evolution is their only alternative. That doesn’t sound very scientific to me.

The question that continues to baffle scientists is how it all began. Many propose a theory known as the ‘Big Bang’ which says that around 14 billion years ago the entire universe was condensed into a very small mass of matter not much bigger than a marble. Then, at some moment, this ball of matter exploded, causing the universe to be formed. The question I have always had is where did this mass of matter come from? How did something come from nothing without any outside influence?

There are only two possible explanations for the existence of the universe:

A. There is a portion of the universe that is eternal and therefore never needed a beginning

B. There is something outside of this universe that is eternal and has the ability to create something out of nothing

As believers, we know that something or Someone is GOD. The Bible tells us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) Exactly how, when, or even what God originally created, we don’t know. The Bible says, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep…” (Genesis 1:2) Apparently, the earth in its original state wasn’t what it is today. God formed this mass of matter and then He fashioned it into what we see today.

Many scoff at the notion that there might be a God, yet the existence of God is really the only logical explanation for our existence. Hebrews 3:4 says, “For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God.” Houses don’t pop up on their own. A pile of lumber doesn’t suddenly one day become a house without a builder. How much less could we exist without the involvement of God.

Why did God create us? Perhaps the book of Revelation gives us the best explanation. “I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, ‘Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.’” (Revelation 21:3) God’s ultimate purpose for our existence is for us to have fellowship with Him and to give Him praise. If that is so, then that should be our primary goal for this day.

In the hustle and bustle of this day, don’t forget to make contact with the One who made you.

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