Genesis 1:1–5

‘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.’(v2)

God takes nothing and creates something. Outside of God there is no thing, which is why God provides the framework within which all that we can know is contained. The universe was crafted from nothing into everything we can touch, feel, sense, measure or detect, including living things, planets, stars, galaxies, dust clouds, light, and even time.

No one knows the size of the universe because we cannot find its edge. In reality God has created something beyond our comprehension. We understand in part, but cannot grasp the very space we occupy.

We confidently live on earth, seldom anxious that the ground on which we place our foot will disintegrate beneath our weight and cast us into an empty void of unformed space. We have faith that one day will give rise to the next. Yet, what we take as substantial is in reality a product from nothingness.

If we can entrust ourselves to the universe we wake up to each day, is it such a big step to trust the invisible hand that created it? I imagine God had an infinite number of ways to establish creation, yet what we inhabit is the finite reality of His divine will and purpose. Something has been created by God, and only God can in truth know its purpose. This is why we go in search of God, sole source of true understanding.

SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER: Gen. 1:3–26; Neh. 9:1–15; Col. 1:15–20; Rev. 4:6–11.

AN ACTION TO TAKE: Take a look at yourself, your friends, your partner, your children and grandchildren; consider that you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God. How do you react?

A PRAYER TO MAKE: ‘Lord, thank You that formed from nothing I become someone by Your grace. Amen.’

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Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.