Read Genesis 1:1-2:3
Today we start our journey through the great faith hall and make our first stop.
“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (v. 3).
Surprisingly, the Hall of Faith, filled with the patriarchs of long ago, starts with us. Those who follow Jesus Christ. Our act of faith: understanding that God spoke the entire universe into existence. His Word alone made what we now see. All that is visible started with a word. God’s Word.
He spoke, therefore the world is. He had nothing to work with but empty darkness. Not even a blank slate. Formless emptiness. Nothing to see. Then He spoke.
“Let there be . . .”
And now we have matter. Universe. Light.
My daughter made a clay pot in her art class. As beautifully crafted as it is, however, she did not use her words to form it from nothing. She made it with clay in her hands — clay that already existed. But God created something, created everything, out of nothing. He created all that is with a word.
So by faith we know that God, our very God who called us to Himself and hears us when we call to Him, called the very universe into being. And this knowing, this understanding, requires faith. Faith to be sure that what we now see was formed out of what we cannot.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (v. 1)
This is the beginning of our faith foundation. Because without God’s Word, which spoke all that we could not see into all that we can see, we have no reason to walk these halls. We have no reason to walk this faith if we don’t have the power of the word that came out of God’s mouth. If we don’t understand that Almighty God can form what is from what is not, then our feet just dangle with nowhere to walk.
I am no scientist. I don’t understand all the theories. But this I know: God commanded the universe into existence. I wasn’t there, and I don’t understand how it worked or what it looked like, but I will bank on this truth: my God spoke and what was not became what now is.
This is the God in whom I place my faith, the God in whom I trust as I journey through this Hall of Faith together with you. Are you with me? More importantly, are you trusting Him for faith that believes God’s Word powerful enough to form all that we know?