Lent 2022 Day 3
Fri 4 Mar
Gen 1:1-5 Creation
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light ‘day’, and the darkness he called ‘night’. And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.
Let’s go back to the beginning. While all religions have some form of creation story or myth, we have a story that has a purpose. God’s actions centre very much on this planet, and are told in terms of earth, yet there is a cosmos out there, briefly referred to at the end of verse 16 (you know where to find that – it should be on the first page of your Bible!).
The Bible is a story of God’s plan, and it is centred on creating our planet, populating it with the likes of us, and doing the foolish thing of giving us free will. What was God up to?! How could giving us free will ensure the continuation into perpetuity of the beautiful earth God created?
Yet God did not create things, press a button and then stand back. That would deny the relationship he maintained with the Patriarchs of old (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the like), his people Israel, and you and me. Our God is not a distant God, and he created things this way for a purpose.
Was the whole universe in darkness at the beginning?
What did God go to all this trouble for?
What did God do on the eighth day?
Father God, I stand in awe of the physical creation, and the clear night sky catches my breath in wonder at the extravagance of what you have made. It was your pleasure, but it was for your glory that you have created our universe. Amen.
All creation declares his glory: