Our verse for today comes from Genesis 1:1, ” In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. “
” In the beginning God. ” That phrase says a lot, doesn’t it? For so many of us, it sets in place the foundation for what we believe and how we live. It explains for us who is responsible for all that there is, and who should get all the credit and glory. It also lays out the simple yet often overlooked plan for how things should be in our own lives. In the beginning of everything that we do, there should be God. In the beginning of your day, there should be God right there with you as you spend time at the foot of His throne. In the beginning of your meal time, no matter where you might be eating, there should be God being thanked and acknowledged for His grace and provision.
In the beginning of your tasks at work, your tests at school, or even the ministry opportunity at church, there should be God, hearing our pleas for His will to be done and His name to be praised. And we usually do pretty good with this, in the beginning. We start our days and our jobs and our ministries with total dependence on God. We have the fire and the passion and the energy to seek Him for what we’re doing.
But somewhere along the way, it stops being the beginning, and we get to the middle. We can’t see the beginning behind us, and there seems to be no light at the end in sight. The time spent with Him in the morning gets replaced with a snooze button and a few more minutes of sleep. The thankfulness for a meal and family time together turns into everyone doing his own thing and an embarrassment to pray in public. Our jobs and school become routine and lose their distinction as God’s mission field for us to harvest. And our ministries at church become budget-driven and socially focused, rather than God-inspired and initiated. But God is still God. He’s still right where He always was, on His throne and in control. We just need to go back to the beginning, back to Him. And then we can go onward with Him.
As we seek Him today, examine whether God is with you in your task, or are you going at it on your own. Confess where you have relied on your own strength, and begin again with His refreshing, renewing Spirit.
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