January 1 – Today’s Readings – Genesis 1-3 and Psalms 1
Happy New Year!
This daily Bible reading devotional was born from a small gathering I attended on a quiet New Years Eve. As we were visiting, a few Church members “resolved” to try to read the Bible through in a year. One thing led to another and soon there was an ever-growing group of people reading their Bibles more consistently. These devotional thoughts have grown out of that New Years Eve resolution.
Reading Genesis 1-3 and Psalm 1 is always terrific. Not only is it a new beginning in Scripture reading and a New Year, but the passages are so full of revelation that I hardly know were to begin. How about – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” [Genesis 1:1] – – “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” [Genesis 1:27]
My daughter and I were out walking and discussing a Grade 4 science lesson to illustrate “creation”. It was suggested that the teacher dangle a beautiful timepiece or some other visually complex device in front of the class and have them form scientific conclusions by observing the object. The students would obviously conclude that an intelligent individual “engineered” this device and a skilled craftsman manufactured it. Why then is it so difficult for people to look at the impossibly complex world around them and not “see” the engineering of God Almighty? God , who is a wonderful and caring creator, personally designed us – and the environment in which we exist. All creation shouts of His grandeur and the only real proof of God’s existence comes from what He has created and set in motion. People who ignore God are without excuse as they deliberately turn a blind eye to the Glory of God all around them. That which is exquisitely created always points directly to and lends honour to it’s Creator.
The second Scripture I want to leave with you is from Psalms 1:3; “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” – As we walk with the Lord we can expect to become “like flourishing trees” – stable, rooted & productive. Our lives are blessed beyond measure and we bring forth fruit as naturally as a healthy tree.
My prayer today for all of us is that we walk in confidence, knowing that Jesus is truly the tree of life and the Creator-God. He walks with us hour by hour and speaks to us as the day goes on. What more could we possibly ask for than to walk in fellowship with the Almighty! God Bless your day and your new year.
1. Was there really a “Creator-God” in the beginning? How does the scientific concept of “intelligent design” support the idea that the created thing points directly to a creator?
2. What does it mean when Genesis says “God created man in His own image”?