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In the beginning

'In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.'

Genesis 1:1 

Though my reading this morning was in Romans my mind was carried back to Genesis.

Looking out of my window this morning the beauty was beyond compare. The early morning light casts shadow where it can, and there is a low-lying mist hugging the dips and the valleys between my house and the airport in the distance.

Last night Mars was clearly visible and by far the brightest star in the sky. There is a gentle breeze and the air is fresh and clean. I wonder how many others can say that about the place where they live?

There is a spider's web hanging between Ann's greenhouse and our shed that is a masterpiece in fragile art. The dew has enhanced it this morning.

I have described the way things are on the outside, and I cannot but marvel at my Lord's creation, especially on a morning like this. We even have colour in the garden, which is surprising, as usually by September all of Ann's hard work has been savaged by gale force winds.

His glorious work of creation makes me consider His 'new creation' within my own soul. I find that each day is a battle. Sin within and without, temptations, snares and doubts flying through my mind like deadly missiles trying to destroy any faith that is lurking in the shadows. But I am not one for giving up, and today is no different.

Even before 'in the beginning,' God had chosen me in Christ. Often when I am burdened with sin and with guilt I think on this. Before I had committed any sin, before I had let my Saviour down, yea even before I had taken my first breath, my salvation was sure in Christ. The doctrine of election can be baffling for many and a false pillow for some, but I find it to be a great comfort and encouragement.

There are two phrases that are repeated many times throughout this opening chapter of God's word. They are, 'And it was so' and 'God saw that it was good.'

God speaks and it is done. Has He spoken to me recently? When was the last time that I heard my Saviours' voice? Would I recognise Him if He spoke to me just now? These questions I often ask myself.

Nevertheless, whatever God has said will be done.

There is nothing in heaven or in earth that can thwart His purposes. If God has given me a promise then I can be fully persuaded that it will come to pass. Days, weeks and months may pass by with little sign of it happening, but it shall be all the sweeter when the time is right for it to be fulfilled. He does all things well and that includes the delays!

Listen to what the Apostle wrote about Abraham's faith.  He said, 'Who against hope believed in hope.' 'He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform.'
I have found that whenever I have received a promise through God's Word then everything in my life seems to contradict the possibility if its being fulfilled. There seems to be no possible way of it ever coming to pass!

Yet He remains faithful! The darkest hour is just before the dawn, and often it will seem that the knife must at the very throat of the promise before He brings His word to pass.

Husbands, wives, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters will all let us down from time to time but God will never fail us. He keeps His promises. His word is sure. Friend, even our unbelief cannot stop the certainty of God's promises!

Is the promise for which you are waiting in your life more difficult for God to perform than His work of creation?

God was well pleased with His creation. The heavens and the earth were finished in six days and all was very good.

God has not changed since then. All that He does today is good. There are times when we are so taken up with our own immediate problems and cares that we are quick to point the finger at God and blame Him for the catastrophes that come our way.

But even our disappointments have been ordered by Him. They are as much a part of His plan as the greatest blessings that we receive. He does not make mistakes!

I do not know what God has planned for me today, but I am confident that it will be good.

The Genesis of the rest of my pilgrimage begins today. My trembling faith and somewhat giddy confidence lie committed to the One who cannot lie and who does all things well. Whom have I in the heavens high but thee O Lord alone? And in the earth whom do I desire besides Thee? There is none.

I have often let my Best Friend down, but I am confident that my Best Friend will never let me down. "He knoweth the way that I take." Lead on, dear Lord, lead on!

I pray that you will all enjoy the Lord's blessing in your souls this weekend.

Author : Iain Mackenzie  Edited by : Pastor Al Moak