Thoughts From the Pastor--August 2013
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
I have been pondering this verse for some time now. “In the beginning”…Before anything else, before anything was created that is, before everything…there was God!! God always has been and chose to create. To create all that is “the heavens and the earth”…
Did you know that in the midst of God’s pondering and creating that you were on His mind? Even before anything was that is, you were on His mind. In Ephesians chapter 1, the Holy Spirit of God moved Paul to write: “4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” In order to be chosen “before the creation of the world”, we had to be on God’s mind. God was thinking about us! How awesome! Even before time as we know it began, God knew us and had a plan for us. A plan that we would be “holy and blameless in His sight”.
Whoops!!! Holy and blameless? I know that’s not me! Is it you? In ourselves and our own strength we certainly do not measure up to that standard. But we must not overlook the “in him” and “adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ”….. Ah!!! It is in Him, in Jesus Christ that we are seen as Holy and blameless in the sight of the One who created us. Outside of Jesus, our unholiness and blame remain, but in Jesus, the guilt and blame have been taken away through His sacrificial death on the Cross at Calvary. Notice also that as He pondered creating us, God found pleasure in thinking about who we would be in Jesus Christ.
God spoke though the prophet Isaiah as recorded in Chapter 29, verse 11: “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Even before creation began, God was thinking about His plans for you. (You mean God has a purpose for me? Me? Yes, indeed He does!!) He knew the plans He has for you, to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope-filled future, long before you were born into this world…Wow!! What an awesome thing! What a great love God has for us, has had for us even before we were created!! We have each been on His mind, since before anything that is was created!!! Now that’s what I call a long-lasting love! That kind of blows my mind when I try to comprehend it… I can’t… That is part of the mystery and greatness of our God!
Not only was God there in the beginning of creation, but the Bible tells us he was there when we were formed in our mothers’ wombs. And His Holy Spirit is still with us to fulfill the plans He has for us in Christ Jesus. Our part is to let God be God in the beginning of all our life decisions, the big and the small. As my wife LaVon frequently shares, “God is the God of the details”. He cares about the little things of life as well as the big things. He cares about everything in our lives! Let Him be in the beginning of all things in your life, and in Christ Jesus, He will continue with you through all things and in all phases of your life. He will show you His plans for you. He will prosper you. He will show you hope. He will show you the glorious future He has for you in Christ Jesus!
May we each be empowered to let God be in the beginning of all things in our lives.