In the Beginning

Reading for the Day… Genesis 1-3, Matthew 1

When God began to create the heavens and the earth— the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters— God said, “Let there be light.” And so light appeared. God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the darkness. God named the light Day and the darkness Night. There was evening and there was morning: the first day. (Genesis 1:1-5, Common English Bible)

Several thousand years later, when we readdress Genesis 1 & 2 it is really easy to see God had a busy week. All we have around us plus a few things (relatively) that are no longer with us, God created. Without question, there are a those who would argue that the beginning didn’t happen the way Scripture says. Scripture is pretty vague on exactly how God went about this creation. And, none of us k ow for sure. Could there have been a “bang” involved? Perhaps, as long as God was the one setting off the explosives. Could there be some form of evolution? I have little problem with that as long as God is the one driving that evolution. Could it not have happened that way at all? Like I said, none of us really know. What I do know is to this, however it happened, I know God was in charge and some pretty spectacular things happened.

Another thing I know is, it was a beginning. Scripture tells us that much.

Today we all have a new beginning. From the oldest among us to the youngest, today we get a fresh start. Lest we forget, we still live with the results, both good and bad, of past actions and decisions. But, God gives us another chance at a new beginning.

A few years back I encountered a book titled My One Word by Mike Ashcraft. I have mentioned his book before and highly recommend it to you. The basic context of the book is, instead of making New Year’s resolutions, most of which we will fail at to keep, instead, with the help and guidance of God, select one word that will be the focus for the year.j In past hears I had ave selected words like discipline, joy, and focus.

This year my word is going to take on a bit of a different feel. This year my one word will be”higher.” It is my prayer that God will take me higher in my faith. I hope to see a higher prayer life. I want to, with God’s help move to a higher level of fitness. Perhaps God will take me to higher plains of worship and study. Exactly where the higher places God will take me remain unclear. I do know, my word is yet another opportunity I have for a new beginning.

Higher. That is my word and my new beginning. Where will this new opportunity take you?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Looking higher,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

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