“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
– Genesis 1:1-3 NIV
This Sunday we’re starting a 31 week sermon series titled “The Story”. We did this series 5 years ago, and it was so well received that we’re doing it again. A 31 week tour through the main events of the Bible. Week one: The Beginning.
God created the heavens and the earth. That’s what happened in the beginning. He did it in 6 – 24 hour days, and rested on the seventh day. The existential question, of course, is “Why?” Why did God create the universe, why did God create planet earth within perfect parameters to support life? Why did God create people to live on planet earth? The Biblical answer is because God is love. Love is an action, therefore God needed an object on which to act. Those objects are you and me, and all people who have ever lived. I know this creates a thousand questions as to why God allows so many challenging and painful things to happen on this planet, but the Bible’s clear statement remains. God is love. We cannot expect to understand how and why God works, but He’s got it figured out. We see a piece of the puzzle, He sees the completed work. In all your challenges and hardships please don’t forget the simplest truth of the Bible. God is love. He’s proven it in the death and resurrection of Jesus which has earned forgiveness and eternal life for all who believe it. God is with you, and He will strengthen you through the hard times until the day when we leave this planet to reign with Him in heaven.