The opening verses of Genesis mark the beginning of Earth’s history but not God’s activity. We get a glimpse of God at work, ordering the Earth, and preparing it for human life. Affected by our life experiences, cultures, and spiritual upbringing, it can be challenging for us to study how things began. Numerous biases and pressures, conscious and sub-conscious, impact our view of how everything came into being.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-3 (ESV)
The book of Genesis is not intended to be a scientific document. It describes the origin of our physical world and details how our world came to be corrupted. Genesis is about who and why more than it is concerned with how and when.
In this first volley, the writer of Genesis (believed to be Moses), inspired by the Holy Spirit, gives us much to consider and meditate upon. We see God at work, preparing the way for us so that He can delight in having a relationship with us. Not because God needed a friend, but because He loves us. For believers, this opening passage defines our worldview.
Thank you, Lord, for Your creation—the Heavens and the Earth. You brought order to the chaos. Your Spirit watches over us from the very beginning. You made something out of nothing. You gave us life where once no life existed. We stand in awe of You. Amen.