1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.

In the opening line of the Bible, we are told “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The second verse of Genesis 1 gives further context to this act of creation. Before God’s creative action, the earth was formless and empty. God created everything from nothing. From this first line, we see God’s awe-inspiring power and majesty. God did not take pieces that were already in existence in the universe and put them together like some cosmic puzzle, though this would be have been impressive in and of itself. Yet, this idea pales in comparison to the true greatness of God. God created from nothing by His Word.

This is a foundational point of belief for those who follow Jesus and seek to submit their lives to Him. John 1 serves to give further context to the creation account. The Word that God created with was Jesus Himself. Jesus was in the beginning; nothing was created apart from Him. To believe in Jesus and all that He says He is, is to believe in the creating work of God in Jesus.

What are the things you have most trouble believing about Jesus or about the Bible? As we find ourselves doubting the truths revealed in the Bible, we should return to belief in this initial act of creation. The work of creation reminds us that there is nothing that is too big or too impossible for God. He is the God who creates out of nothing—He even has the ability to create belief in us from nothing.

• What do you find hard to believe about the Bible or God’s promises?

• How does the creation speak to this? How does this help you further trust God’s ability and goodness?

• Pray and thank God for His amazing power revealed in creation. Pray for greater belief and trust in Him.