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. (Genesis 1:1-3 NIV)
I love the opening sentences of the Bible. I love the simplicity and profundity of the statement, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Ever since Charles Darwin wrote, “The Origin of Species,” in 1859, there has been an ongoing debate between those who believe that everything that is evolved from a “primordial soup” and those who believe that God created everything that ever was, or will ever be. There is no way to “prove” either of these theories. They are both based on “faith.” Evolutionist have as much, if not more faith, than those of us who believe the Bible to be true.
I believe Genesis 1. I believe God created everything that was, is, or will ever be. Rather than debating those who disagree with me, I would much rather enjoy the beauty of God’s creation and marvel at its complexity and beauty. I’ve gone to the Rocky Mountains and marveled at the majesty of it all. I’ve gone scuba diving and experienced the excitement of a child on Christmas morning as I saw the most brilliant colors and the most unique looking creatures. I’ve been in the delivery room as witnessed the births of my three children. None of these experiences caused me to question the “How” of it all, but they did stir within me an overwhelming need to worship.
Stephen Hawking is the world’s most celebrated scientist. He says, “It is not necessary to invoke God to … set the Universe going.” He maybe right. It may not be “necessary” for Dr. Hawking to invoke God, but as I think about the creation, as I ponder the planets, and learn about the microscopic world unseen to the naked eye–my mind is overwhelmed with thoughts of God. As I look about the Universe, He gives me a sense of awe and purpose that I find no place else. If God can create, maintain, and provide for all that is–the Solar System as well as the sparrow, then surely He can take care of me.
My prayer today, Lord, is that You will remind me that You are the Creator and Sustainer of all that is and that You will provide and care for me each moment of every day.