WEEK 1 – MONDAY – DECEMBER 4 – GOD MAKES
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God 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.
- Genesis 1:1 – 5
The Triune God of love wanted to share his life-giving love. So the Father made a world through his Son and by his Spirit. This world is expansive, diverse, and teaming with life because God himself is all these things and more.
As we interact with God’s creation, often something stirs in our soul. As we look up into a wintery night sky studded with countless stars, we are reminded that there is something bigger. As we hike through the wilderness of Colorado, we sense there is something wilder in the world. And as we stand at the edge of the Pacific, we feel both inspired and scared by the beauty and power that crashes onto the shore.
C.S. Lewis once said that nature creates a longing in the soul that it cannot fulfill. That is a great truth to remember this Christmas. It reminds us that God made the world to point us to himself. So God’s creation constantly stirs in us a longing for beauty, power, transcendence, life, and order. But creation itself cannot satisfy those longings. It can only help us sense that we have been created to be satisfied by one great lover: the God who made the world, the Storyteller who is revealing himself in and through his creation.
A Moment to Reflect
What sticks out to you from Genesis 1:1 – 5?
Take a moment to step outside today and be aware of what God is revealing to you about himself and his story through his creation. What is God saying to you through the world that he has made?