Genesis opens with the words, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis describes the beginning of the universe, not the beginning of God. God has always existed and always will. In the beginning, God created our world from nothing. Before time began, the earth had no shape or form and was totally dark and lifeless. There was no sun, no moon, no stars, no trees, no birds, no people, no worries, and no problems.
Suddenly, The Holy Spirit began “hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1:2). God spoke and by His Word the world came into being. God’s Word caused the action that created the world and everything in it.
What does this tell us about God? It tells us that God existed before the heavens and the earth were formed, and then at some point, years ago in the distant past, God created the world. It tells us that God is our Creator. The Hebrew word “Elohim” is the primary name of God in the Old Testament for God as Creator. It means “mighty,” “strong,” or “all-powerful.” The world didn’t come into existence by itself as a result of a series of random events, but rather our mighty, strong, all-powerful God created it. As Creator, our God is not a hands-off God who sits back watching random events; but rather, our God is a hands-on God who is active and in control.
I don’t know about you, but knowing God as Creator has greatly blessed me. No—it’s more than greatly blessed me. It’s exceedingly blessed me in an awesomely incredible way. I say this because knowing God as Creator gives me hope. When I’m troubled, I don’t depend on random events to uplift my spirits. When I’m sick, I don’t look to random events for my healing. When I need help deciding which way to go—OR— handling the stresses of life’s ups and downs—OR—remembering God’s promises in Scripture—OR—even recalling answers on tests, I don’t wait for a series of random events to happen at the right time. Instead, I call on God, our Creator, Elohim in prayer, for I know He is still in control. God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28).
God is working everything out for your good.
Lorna Daniels Nichols