In The Beginning God...

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1 (NLT)

Recently, a friend posted a cartoon on Facebook. It was a picture of Noah's Ark with a rainbow behind it. Two penguins were prominent among the pairs of land animals approaching the door. The caption read, "Not feeling very bright today? Smile and remember...There are grown adults who actually believe that two penguins walked all the way from Antarctica to the Middle East to get aboard an ark built by a five hundred year old man."

That statement, which sounds SO intelligent, mocks God and mocks my faith. When I was younger it would have made me angry. Now it makes me sad. Today I grieve for those who think they are wise, who laugh at the foolish idea of a God who created the heavens and the earth. As I prayed for my friend, the LORD spoke to my heart. "How big is your God?" Really, God? You would ask me that question just as I'm trying to go to sleep for the night?

I actually slept quite well, but woke up the next morning with a verse resonating in my brain. "The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftmanship. (Psalm 19:1) And it was raining!

"I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me?" Jeremiah 32:27 (KJV)

Do I believe that? The people who think they are intelligent don't. The first comment on the cartoon was "Physically Impossible!" The super-intelligent people say there is no God while they make their own gods to worship--career, family, house, car, fashion, money, what money buys, whatever makes "ME" comfortable. But,

"Only fools say in their hearts, 'There is no God." Psalm 53:1a

God's answer?

"So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The LORD is God, both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other." Deuteronomy 4:39 (NLT)
"Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any," Isaiah 44:8b (KJV)

LORD God, thank you for confirming who You are by Your Word, Your creation and Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ--the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. When we doubt, You give answers. When we fear, You reach down to us and say, Do not be afraid.

"This is my command--be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

by Marilyn Allison