Genesis 1: 1 – 2 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” (NLT)
Extended reading: Genesis 1
Last year, I started a daily devotional on this blog. Due to time constraints, I converted it into a weekly devotional. I wouldn’t call myself punctual but I did manage to make 53 posts. Many things happened through those posts. Personally, I grew in the Lord – I was forced to read the Bible more – spend time with Him – gather my thoughts – put them into words and the works. The best part of it is that I don’t regret any moment of it.
Towards the end of the year, I did my first audio podcast, which (surprisingly) got very good feedback. (Thank ya’ll!) And I really want to do it more this year. But I know it is not going to be easy and so I have decided to not restrict my posts if the audio file is not going to be ready. I will just post it as text.
Another thing I start around this time of the year is the ‘Bible in a year’ reading plan. I have tried different reading plans in the past. This year, I am using the reading plan within my ‘Every Man’s Bible’. I know this is late as I post it. But I thought it would be a good idea to invite anyone who is interested in reading the Bible in a year with me. (I will try and find a plugin we can put on the side of this blog – so it becomes easy for you to keep track of what you are reading every day. )
(Frankly, as of today, I am running late myself. I was supposed to have completed Genesis 15 but I have only read till Genesis 8. So if any of you co-laggards still want to join in, this may be a good time.)
Genesis starts off with the creation story. It starts off with, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” In the beginning of what? The first verse of Genesis does not talk about the creation of this earth and all that within it alone, but the creation of time itself. “In the beginning”.
After God created time, notice what he does. He created. He doesn’t spend time planning or talking or discussing on how the structure of creation was going to be. He took action. He created.
He went about as an artist throwing colors with his brush, stopping in between to check on the bigger picture. He stopped on the sixth day to check on what he had made. “Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!” (Genesis 1: 31)
Very often, we plan to do many things and don’t do it at all. One of the many things we plan or resolve (around the new year) is to read the Bible in a year. We seldom succeed. But there is one thing that keeps me going – keep at it. Because you missed a few days, it does not warrant a reason to stop reading. Continue reading. It is God’s message to you.
If we are God’s children, we should have his behavior. To create. To take action. Do things without hesitation. To move the world for Him. Let’s start with his word.
What do I pray?
Lord, I commit myself in your hands this year. Help me focus on your word and help me complete In Jesus’ name.
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