June 25: God

Read Genesis 1:1-31

If you were to travel as far back into time as you could possibly travel, you would eventually reach the “the beginning.” But time itself is a created thing (Hebrews 1:1, 2). It was set into motion by the Creator. Even though what I am about to ask defies logic, take another step back to a point before time or any created thing existed. It’s true, we lack the chronological and spacial terms to describe this time or location, still God existed then and there. “In the beginning, God . . .” He always was . . . and always will be. He always has and always will be one God (Deut. 6:4).

Let’s push our minds a bit further to consider another illogical but accurate reality. This one God is three persons. The three are visible even in this opening page of Scripture. The Father responsible for Creation did so through Jesus the Son (Jn. 1:1-3). He is the creative Word through which nothing became something and the One through whom dust became a human being. And as for the Spirit of God? He was “hovering over the waters” (Gen. 1:2) already on Day 1 of creation. This three-in-one God was not only visible in Creation, but also at the baptism of Jesus (Matt. 3:16, 17). His three-in-one work is remembered every time a believer in Christ is baptized “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19).

This eternal God created . . . heavens and earth . . . seas and dry land . . . sun, moon, and stars . . . plants, flowers, and trees . . . fish and sea creatures . . . lions and tigers and bears (Oh my!). But as His crème de la crème, His pièce de résistance, He created men and women. Mankind was to be different . . . different from all the other created entities and beings. You see, humans were to bear the very image of their Creator. They were to be relational; to one another and to Him. They were to exercise dominion in a microcosmic way reflective of His ultimate dominion over all things. They were to reflect His priorities in this earth. They were to mirror His holiness.

This holy, eternal, three in one, personal God has big plans for you!

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