In the Beginning – Genesis 1

Happy 2019 Bible Journal Family!

I’m humbled and honored to start our newest journey today through God’s living word.  As we head into 2019 I hope you had some time to reflect on 2018 and how God has moved mountains in your life and others around you.  I also know you faced hard times as well that stretched and challenged your faith. Remember we can look back with thankful hearts for what God has done and forward with confidence that He has great plans for you! What are your spiritual goals for this year?  I pray reading through our daily devotional is one of those additional ways for you to be in the word. Allow time in the bible to nourish your heart, mind, and soul while growing closer in a relationship with our God.

 The first half of the year we plan to start with the Zondervan overview of the Bible, where we take a chapter and focus on a specific topic .  Today, we start in Genesis 1 with a focus on,  In the beginning.  What a great way to start 2019 by going back to the one who created it all. The one who today through Him, will create all things new.  Revelation 21:4-6

Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

This first verse is a simple reminder He made it all and He has sovereignty over all things. This statement In the beginning  is a statement that answers the question between skeptics and believers, Is the world a result of divine creation or evolution?  As believers we look at the beginning and know that God was purposeful in the creation of the heavens and the earth. Watch and share this short video about how did it all begin and how it will  never end.  The Story by Spread Truth

Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

In the beginning, God spoke and everything came into existence. In the beginning, of all His beauty created, His masterpiece was us! We were made in His image to reflect Him.  We were physically made to represent Him.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Our lives have a  grand purpose of worshipping, loving, and serving Him while enjoying a life-long growing relationship with Him.  Psalm 139: 14-16 reminds us that all days of our existence are already written in His book.

So as we start 2019 I pray that you can walk in courageous confidence that God who is the creator of it all is always by our side. That our physical existence was perfectly planned. That our spiritual existence changes when we decided to walk by faith and believe in Him. In John 3:3-6 Jesus tells his disciples that we will enter His Kingdom when we are born again of the water and Spirit.  

Lastly, when we think about,  In the beginning, God saw all that He had created and said it was good!  Even after sin entered the world He has never abandoned us. He sent His son to save us.  In the beginning, similar to the start of a new year, God fearfully and wonderfully made us for a purpose. I pray that this new year bring you a joy and peace that all that will happen this year God has planned.  He is with you and longing for you to speak to Him every day and in all moments. 

Genesis 1:31 God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.

Happy New Year!