Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Acts 16:31 – Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved
Before there was anything....
...there was God
Before there was ice cream and chocolate sauce; or popcorn and pop; or computers, DVDs, TVs and Mp3s; or the sun, the moon and the stars - or even space itself - God was there. There wouldn't be anything at all if God hadn't thought it all up.
But God DID think it all up.
In the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was a wild and endless sea, and the Spirit of God brooded over the waters covered in deep, deep darkness.
And then God said,
"Let there be light!"
And there was light!
God saw that the light was good, and so he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "Day," and the darkness he called, "Night."
"And there was evening and there was morning, the first day."
The first day in all of creation had come to an end and a new day was ready to begin.
On the second day God said, "Let there be a space between the waters below and the waters above!" And God put the blue sky between the deep waters that covered the earth and the blackness of space. At first, the earth was completely covered with water. There wasn't any dry ground anywhere.
"And there was evening and there was morning, the second day."
The second day was over, and a new day was ready to begin.
On the third day God said, "Let there be dry land!" And God gathered the waters that covered the earth together and made the dry land appear. God called the dry land "Earth" and the water he called "Sea."
God looked at all that he had made, and he saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let there be plants on the earth, and all the things that grow!" And all the different kinds of plants and trees began to grow; apple trees and banana trees, grass and dandelions and roses, wheat to make bread, and corn so kids would have a vegetable they would like; but God made spinach and broccoli too.
And God looked at all that he had made, and he saw that it was good, even the broccoli and the spinach.
"And there was evening and there was morning, the third day."
On the fourth day God said, "Let the great lights appear in the sky!" (so we would know when to go to bed and when to get up for school). And just by his word, God made the sun and the moon, the planets and the stars. He made them out of nothing at all!
And God looked at all that he had made, and he saw that it was good.
"And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day."
On the fifth day God said, "Let there be swimming things in the oceans and lakes, and birds in the air!" And the oceans were filled with hammerhead sharks and dolphins and whales. And in the sky there were robins and eagles, blue jays, cardinals and yellow bellied sapsuckers. Until then the earth must have been a very quiet place. But not any more!
And God looked at all that he had made, and it was wonderfully good.
"And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day."
The sixth day was ready to begin. God said, "Let there be animals upon the earth of every kind!" God made giraffes, and zebras, and lions and tigers and bears. He made moose with great big antlers, and little gophers and chipmunks and squirrels. He made monkeys swinging through the trees and giant gorillas sitting in the forests eating bananas. He made huge elephants, and he made hippopotamuses rolling around in the mud. How did God think of all those things?!
What a great imagination God has!
Then God said, "Let us make people in our own image" (God said, "us" because God the Father was there, and so was Jesus, and so was the Holy Spirit - but still he was just one God). So God made people in his own image.
When you look at yourself in a mirror, you see an image of yourself. You see a reflection of what you are like. God made us in his image. We are a reflection of what God is like. When God sees us, he sees a reflection of himself.
You are the image of God. Always remember that.
And God said, "Let people have dominion over the fish in the sea, and the birds in the air, over every animal the walks on the earth and every creeping thing that creep along the ground." So God put people above every fish, bird or animal he made.
And God said, "Go, have children and fill the earth!"
And so God looked at all that he had made, and he saw that it was good.
God saw that it was not just good, it was very good!
"And there was evening, and there was morning, the sixth day."
On the morning of the seventh day God saw that his work was finished. Nothing else needed to be made.
And so God rested on the seventh day. Not that God was tired! His work of creation was done - now it was time to take his place as ruler of the universe.
When God created the universe....
...did he have to sit down and plan it all out first? (And if he did, where did he sit down? He hadn’t thought up chairs yet!)
Or did He just think it all up at once?
Did God get out a piece of paper and start drawing out ideas - and then scribbling them out when he didn’t like them? Did he try different ideas for things? Like, did God think people might be good with six legs instead of two?
Or, because He is perfect, were all God’s ideas right from the very start?
And how long would it take to think up EVERYTHING in the universe?! Did it take a day? Or a week? Or maybe it took forever. But since forever has no beginning and no end, when he finally said, “That looks good!!” and then created everything, there still was forever left.
Or maybe He thought it all up in an instant!
Something to think about!
One thing is for sure, if it weren’t for God, we wouldn’t be here!