Elohim – Creator
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
We often overlook the first verse of Genesis. Many times, we rush through it as part of a New Year’s Resolution to read through the Bible in a year. Some years, honestly, day one is as far as I get into the project before I revert to my more haphazard approach. But in our quest to glimpse the majestic power of God, we would do well to stop and take in the magnitude of this starting point.
Genesis 1:1 tells us there was a time when Elohim, the Great Three-In-One, the Supreme Ruler, saw the world as a blank canvas shrouded in darkness. In His mind’s eye, He saw a paradise, a cornucopia of terrain, plants, animals, and people. He envisioned a vast universe of stars and planets, all spinning and moving together. From His mind to His lips! He said, “Let it be!” And so, it was. As Romans 4:17 (ESV) tells us, “He calls into existence things that do not exist.” Creation was perfect, self-sustaining, and interdependent. Amazing!
It was through this act of creation that God revealed Himself to His creation for all time.
“They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Romans 1:19-20 (NLT).
We have been looking into Scripture to get a bigger picture of God, seeking to see Him in all His glory. This is good, but God has a better way. Before one verse was recorded, He displayed His majesty in the starry sky, in the rolling waves, in a single blade of grass. Even a glance at the intricate workings of your own hand should give you a sense of His transcendence.
For today, go outside. Look around. Breathe the air, walk barefoot on the grass, watch the ants scurry about their work. Take in the things that God has made and feel your heart of love and appreciation for Him grow bigger.
What do these verses show you about the nature of God?