Of all the mysteries we seek to unravel as human beings, one of the most curious and fascinating ones is how the world came to be. We already know many of the theories that have come up over the centuries – The Big Bang being one of the most popular (I happen to be a fan of the series), and others like it – which have found a home in academia and in our core beliefs.
But for many Bible believers, despite secular theorists’ arguing prowess, these theories do not suffice, if only by clinging to their beliefs. But what are their beliefs?
In Genesis, the Bible says that God created the earth in six days then rested on the seventh. To me that is all fine and dandy, and we can pack our bags and sing ‘swing chariot’ as we head home. But if we do we miss something greater at that point.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.
~ Genesis 1:1-4 NKJV
I see more than just a genesis of the earth. I see a genesis of me.
Over the years, whenever I have gotten in trouble or faced disappointment – especially of my own doing – as I get to the calm following the storm, I find myself admitting that I have lagged in my quiet time or fellowship of some other nature with God, and then resorted to looking to the Bible for redirection and meaning from a pivotal starting point. So you can imagine, the grown up that I am, with regular (and some not so regular to a category of people) human issues, how many times I have had to read the first chapter of the Bible, even hoping to finish reading the entire Bible henceforth.
In the diligent pursuit for wisdom, in instances like these, we tend to overlook the simplicity of a verse. That in the midst of confusion, darkness, murkiness and emptiness, God began it all – all of earth, our lives and the universe as we know it – by FIRST creating light.
He first created light.
There was nothing else godly and beautiful, and fruitful and productive, and lovely and amazing that could come forth without light. All the creatures that we know, all the mountains and seas, all the wisdoms and sciences, everything artistic and heartwarming, big, small and everything in-between could not be without light. (And, of course, the subsequent fall came from deviating from this sanctity through disobedience as told in Genesis 3.)
And let us not confuse the light spoken of here with celestial bodies like the sun and the moon, and meteors and planets and stars, as we do when we look to Astrology for instruction. Those come up all the way in verse 14.
God is Light, and everything of Him reflects Him. Jesus said that He is the light of the world. Aside from God we achieve nothing but wounding of our souls, emptiness, and robbery of our destinies and all the good that God intended us to have, to experience and to be, just as the world was before God commanded that light be on earth.
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.
~ John 8:12 NKJV
We lose this grandeur when we compromise, when we try to sit darkness next to light, when we cut corners and look for loops in the Bible to accommodate sin, while seeking the blessings and the joys and the flourishings that come through hard attained obedience. It simply cannot happen. Yes we do have the grace of God, but deliberately continued sin stifles progress.
And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.
~ Genesis 1:4 NKJV
The above is the simplest command to understand, yet the hardest to obey: to constantly steer clear of sin and to pursue God’s heart, so as to witness the birthing of His fullness in our lives – imagine the universe!
May God help us to obey.
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