The past few days I’ve contemplated the first few words of the Bible: “In the beginning God created. . . .” What came before the beginning?
Before the beginning there was no time. Think for a minute and let that sink in. No time. We are fully immersed in time. What does no time even mean? Our understanding is limited because we live inside time. For God to create time means that God is outside of time. In the beginning there was only God and nothing else. Nothing. I have trouble comprehending nothingness.
How did God create everything, including time, out of nothing? Genesis 1:3 states, “God said…” God spoke and everything came into being. What I say can’t even make my dog stop pulling on his leash. This astonishing glimpse of power and authority takes my breath away.
John 1: 1-3 (NIV) adds information:”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:14 adds, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus. Before the beginning there was Jesus, the active Word God spoke when He created everything out of nothing.
One comment I hear from people who do not yet believe, is that a God who listens to and responds to millions of prayers all at the same time cannot be real. But, because God is outside of time and space, God is not limited by time or space. We are so extremely limited, we have call waiting. God doesn’t need call waiting to respond to everyone, everywhere, all the time. God. Isn’t. Limited. Contemplating these things gives me goose-bumps.
Have a blessed day contemplating our amazing God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.