This devotional was written for the youth in my congregation. If you've come across it, may it bless you.
In the beginning … these are the words God uses to begin the greatest story ever told. These are the words that God chose to begin His love letter to us because He has loved us since the beginning of time itself. Every story has a beginning, a “Once Upon a Time” moment. God’s story begins, “In the beginning ...”
Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God …”
God was there in the beginning before anything else existed. There was no light. There was no darkness. There was no sun, no stars, and no planets. There was nothing but God. In Genesis chapters one and two, God shares his creation of everything that is around us: darkness, light, earth, water, sky, plants, fish, birds, animals and us. But before any of this existed, there was only God.
In the beginning was God …
You’ve probably never tried to do this, but I challenge you to stop right now and try to imagine a place with no light and no darkness. Yes, do it now. Close your eyes and just imagine … no light and no darkness.
Kind of hard to wrap your head around, huh? What would there be if there was no light and no darkness?
Without either of these, what is left? A void … nothingness. In the middle of all this nothingness … there was God. I don’t know about you, but that kind of gives me goosebumps. This truly shows us how powerful and awesome our God is. Unlike us … God requires nothing else to exist. In fact, everything else that exists does so because God willed it to be so. With mere words ... nothing else whatsoever ... he spoke everything into existence.
In the beginning was God and God alone.
Nothing else existed ... not even light or darkness. Nothing. From this nothingness, God created everything else. He didn’t need two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom to create water (H20). Besides, in the middle of all this nothingness, there weren’t any hydrogen and oxygen molecules. God created them as well. God didn’t need a big bang to occur where everything collided at just the right moment with just the right elements to create all the different things around us. Besides, in the middle of this nothingness, what collided?
Perhaps God clapped his hands together, creating a big bang, and everything else came into existence. Sounds as logical as anything else, except ... God’s word explicitly says He spoke it into existence, one thing at a time, beginning with light.
Genesis 1:3-4 says, “Then God said, Let there light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness. This happened on day one.
Think about this ... this happened before God created the sun, the moon or the stars. That’s right! It isn’t until Genesis 1:14-18 that God created “lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night ... two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night.”
There was light before the sun existed. What is the source of this light? Have you ever thought about that? What do you think it is?
The light is God and his glory. Yeshua is God; therefore, Yeshua is light. In John 9:5, Yeshua said, “I AM the light.”
There are many references to the brightness of God’s glory and the light that it emits. When God passed in front of Moses, the light that shone from God was so intense, it caused Moses’ face to glow for a long time afterward. Now that is a bright light!
Perhaps the Bible verses that best describe this light can be found in the description of the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21:23, “And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.”
Yeshua is the lamb.
Yeshua is the light.
Yeshua was the light at the very beginning of creation. Yeshua is the light that guides us now. Yeshua is the light in the New Jerusalem.
Revelation 21:24-25 tells us, “The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed.” Because Yeshua is the light, there will be no darkness in the New Jerusalem that is to come.
Heavenly Father, I pray that you will guide me with your light. I pray that your light will guide each one of my steps so that I will become the person you want me to be. I pray that your light will guide me to be more like your Son, Yeshua, the light of the world. I pray that you will draw me to the light, guiding me ever closer to you. Heavenly Father help me to run from the darkness and run toward the light.
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I use the name, Yeshua, because that is the name my congregation uses. You may better know Him as Jesus.
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© 2020 Cindy Murdoch
Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 03, 2020:
Thx Peggy. You too. My husband is from Conroe. I grew up just south of Amarillo where its very dry. The first time he took me down there, I thought I would die.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 03, 2020:
Yes, it is sizzling and humid in Houston with feel-like temps above 100 degrees. Stay cool up there in Dallas and stay safe!
Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 02, 2020:
Thanks, Peggy. I appreciate your thoughts. They originally wanted me to write a book for the devotionals, however, I think the pictures and interactive components, such as the polls, will be much more appealing to the teens. Plus, they're more likely to read it on their phone, rather than picking up a book. Hope to see you on future posts. I've been absent from HubPages for quite a while, but I'm back!
I bet it is hot and humid today in Houston. Dallas is really bad today.
Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 02, 2020:
Thank you, manatita44, for your insightful comment. I believe that Yeshua/Jesus, the son of the carpenter Joseph, is God. He came to this world to atone for our sins, because sin separated us from God. His death and resurrection make it possible for us to have a relationship with God forever, something God intended when He created man and something that we lost when Adam and Eve sinned. I look forward to more of your comments on additional posts in the future.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 02, 2020:
I think that you created a magnificent devotional for the youth in your congregation. It also takes us back to the beginning "of the greatest story ever told." The images you found to illustrate this article are spectacular!
manatita44 from london on July 02, 2020:
A very noble way of teaching and I commend you for it. Much Light in your piece.
Note: When we say Jesus, to many it means God. I grew up with that idea and 68 years later, it is still prevalent. But there is a subtle, yet significant difference between Jesus, The Christ and Jesus, the son of the carpenter Joseph. If you see this, then you may wish to let the kids know.
When we say God, it conveys to some, a feeling of a Being awaiting in a heavenly realm called Heaven, waiting to Judge us. Brahman or Allah, conveys more the feeling of movement, self-transcendence... the same of which you speak, yet in motion ... ever anew.
Yet we must use 'God', I understand that. The Absolute, or even the Father as Christ called the Supreme Reality, says a lot. Much Love.