Genesis 1:1 – 2:4
Evidence of God’s Love
By Lois Parker Edstrom
The very first part of the Bible tells us that God created the heavens and the earth. Probably the biggest question most of us have is, “How did that happen?” No one knows for sure. It remains a mystery, but perhaps we can agree that we are surrounded by incredible beauty.
One of my favorite parts of this creation story happens on the fourth day. Let’s read it together right from the Bible. “God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He also made the stars”(1:16). “God set them in the expanse of sky to give light to the earth,” (1:17) “and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good”(1:18).
If you wake up early enough in the morning you may see the sunrise. How light begins to show itself at the horizon and then rises to color the sky and clouds with glorious colors – pink, orange and purple. The sun provides light that is needed for us to see and to make things to grow.
As evening comes, the sun slips down beyond the horizon, the clouds may glisten with silver or gold and the sky is again splashed with breath-taking colors. Then the moon lights the night sky. People all over the world, for hundreds and hundreds of years, have been fascinated by the moon. I think looking at a full moon is better than fireworks.
Doesn’t all of this seem like a remarkable gift? First thing in the morning and before we go to sleep we have evidence of the beauty of God’s creation and evidence of God’s love.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan