In the Beginning

“God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good” – Genesis 1:31.

I find the beginning of the Bible a tricky thing. The first two chapters are an incredible display of God’s creative power, yet Genesis 3 looms eerily over it. It’s hard to stay focused on the beauty that is described in the beginning because my eyes have only seen the result of the fall.

And, I think this permeates into every area of my life, not just Bible reading. My wife is breathtaking; she is godly and beautiful. Yet, as a result of chapter 3 (The Fall), I decide to look at her imperfections. My children are a blessing, but I frequently call them a burden. I find this in many areas of my life. This is because I “read” my life the same way I read the beginning of the Bible; I focus on the sin to come, not the beauty that is already there.

Thankfully, as we are reminded in Psalm 19:1
“The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”
What a great reminder for us. We don’t need to trace everything back to Genesis 3 and The Fall. Instead, they can be traced back to Genesis 1, back to God Himself. He is the ultimate beauty behind everything. The world is telling of “the glory of God” and “the work of His hands”.
He is what our eyes should be turned to, not sin.

S.D.G
Toby

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