Genesis 1 – In the beginning, God
Happy new year!!! I always find that there is an optimism at the beginning of a new year, a sense of hope with all the possibilities the year ahead holds. People make new year’s resolutions, and celebrate, they visit family and friends, and wish each other a good new year. Soon the pendulum will swing the other way, and many people end up feeling a bit depressed when it sinks in that nothing is changed and the hope for the future turns out to be false hope.
As Christians we are different, because we have a hope for the future that is not false, but real and firmly rooted in God. In Him there is real hope, not a flimsy wishing, but a solid assurance, a definite knowing, a certainty that can overcome anything this world throws at us. That hope starts right here in Genesis 1.
There is so much in this first chapter of the Bible, that you could base a sermon series on it: the eternal nature of God, creativity, the sanctity of nature, you being created in the image of God, and many other things. Today I want to focus on one thing: hope.
God’s intended plan
Verse 1 summarises the whole chapter: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Further down we read: it was good, it was good, it was good, and finally it was very good. When God created the heavens and the earth He intended it to be a very good place, a place of beauty, of caring, of community, a place where man would dwell, and live, and work in His presence, in a place untainted by sin. It is the kind of place our hearts naturally long for, a place of perfection and peace. When we think of eternity we often think of Heaven, but deep down we wish we could live on the earth as it was originally created. Genesis 1 tells us why that is: because that is what you were created for. This is how God initially intended things to be.
This is where hope comes in. The Bible tells us that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He doesn’t change or falter. This means that God’s original plan still stands, it never changed. He still intends for you live on a perfect earth, and to dwell, live, and work in His presence, in a place untainted by sin. That has always been the plan, and He will bring it to pass. You can have hope for the future, real hope.
Have an abundantly blessed new year, and have hope.