To be able to pray better or to trust God more, we need to know God better. So to start learning about God, let’s start in Genesis.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
At the very beginning of the Bible we learn that God was there at the beginning. For God to be there at the beginning means that He existed before the beginning. That means that He is does not have a beginning. He has always been.
Knowing that God has always been will help us to trust His knowledge. He knows everything at least from the beginning of time to now.
The next thing that we learn is that God created. He has skills and ability to make things. The Hebrew word for created here has the meaning of making something new out of nothing. People can create and make many things, but they need materials to make these things. God is able to make things without having a materials list or even an instruction sheet. Notice what God created – the heavens and the earth! That is a very big project!
Knowing that God can create without using materials and can create such a vast amount shows us that God is powerful. This is a level of creation no person can do. Since God created the heavens and the earth, He has a knowledge about them that no person has. He knows all about them, after all He made them.
Then God said . . .
Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24. 26. 29
This part of a sentence tells us how God created. He just spoke and the things were made. Look at verse 3: Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God spoke, and the light came into existence. These three words show us more about this powerful God. This is the God we can look to for help!
God’s way of creating shows us something more about Him. He is orderly. He made certain things on certain days. On the first day, He made light. On the second, waters above the earth and waters on the earth. On the third day, dry land and plants. On the fourth, sun, moon and stars. On the fifth day, birds and fish; and on the sixth day, land animals and man and woman.
Order is a mark of God and His followers. The God who actually began the concept of order can help us to gain order. In troubled times, during chaos and confusion, we can go to Him and ask for help to order our lives.
God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31
These verse each have the idea that what God made was good. Goodness is another wonderful attribute of God that we can trust in. All that God does is good. He can only do good. There are other places in the Bible that help us to see how God is good in difficult situations, but here at this point in time when the world and universe was laid out in order and beauty, let us rejoice in a God who is truly good.
So in just a beginning look at this first chapter in the Bible we learn that God
- does not have a beginning
- has the ability to create
- has power to create without materials
- His words have power
- has detailed knowledge of the earth and heavens that only their creator could have
- is orderly
- is good
- can only do good