Summary: Each year people make resolutions and talk about turning over a new leaf. It is a great time to focus on Beginnings!
Part 2 - GodTalk
We have begun a brand new year. It is the time we naturally consider new things. So, I challenged you last week that it is at the beginning that we should consider the beginning. I took you to Genesis 1:1 and said that we must reorder our lives so that everything begins with God. I asked you, “What is the indicator to those around you that God is at the beginning of your entire life?” I hope that thought or question has stopped you in your tracks this week and caused you to take a serious evaluation and look at your own life, actions, words, and behaviors. I also told you that to place God at the beginning of everything will not happen by accident. I hope you have purposely reordered your life this week. You will remember that I asserted the fact that Jesus is the glue that holds our lives together and when He is not at the very center of every choice, every action, every moment of our lives then our lives tend to fall apart.
So, let’s continue our examination of the beginning and see what it will teach us.
Genesis 1:1-5, 14-18
1-2First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don't see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God's Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. 3-5 God spoke: "Light!" And light appeared. God saw that light was good and separated light from dark. God named the light Day, he named the dark Night.
It was evening, it was morning— Day One.
14-15 God spoke: "Lights! Come out! Shine in Heaven's sky! Separate Day from Night. Mark seasons and days and years, Lights in Heaven's sky to give light to Earth." And there it was.
16-18 God made two big lights, the larger to take charge of Day, The smaller to be in charge of Night; and he made the stars. God placed them in the heavenly sky to light up Earth and oversee Day and Night, to separate light and dark. God saw that it was good. It was evening, it was morning— Day Four.
III. God Talk
If we are going to learn anything from the beginning we need to slow down and read carefully. You probably didn’t even catch what just took place. I have read that passage for decades and it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I realized what took place. Notice if you will that in Genesis 1:3-5 on Day One. God is examining an empty, void, bottomless abyss called Earth and with a spoken word calls light to overtake the darkness. The passage says that at the moment the word “light” escaped across the lips of God there was instantly light to separate night and day. However, I also want you to go back and ponder what takes place in Genesis 1:14-19. That passage clearly states that on Day Three God, in His creative genius, steps in and creates a glowing, fire ball that burns at 27 million degrees Fahrenheit to provide light, warmth, and signify that day has come. Then He speaks again and a song inspiring, love inspiring, and awe inspiring orb called the moon plows into the night sky to provide a warm reflected light.
Did you catch it? He creates light on Day One. Yet, He waits until Day Three to create the Sun and Moon. In other words, God created light during the first few ticks of time, but didn’t create the systems to support that light until 2 days later. There was light, but there was no sun, moon, or stars to sustain the light He created on the first day with His Word.
From the very first moments of creation we come face to face with the sheer power and force of God’s Word. God’s talk is so potent that even when there were no natural support systems in place to perpetuate the light His Word had created light remained!
And so the truth from the beginning is that you need to hear God Talk!
IV. Why Word?
a. It will sustain you.
The very Son of God understood this truth. You will remember in a moment of trial and temptation Jesus’ response to the enemy was that “You can’t live by bread alone! But rather you are sustained by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Jesus knew that there will be times when bread, natural means of sustenance just won’t get you through. He knew that there are going to be times in life when the support systems are going to let you down. The great life-long friends that you have trusted with your life will disappear. The family member that you have come to depend on will walk away. That job that you have looked to for support and provision will dry up. Jesus knew the lesson of Genesis 1! He knew that only God’s Word can sustain us in spite of the lack of natural systems of support!