Meditation

09/06/2022

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (Genesis 1:1-2 – God Tells Us Who He Is As Author of Creation)

The Spirit of God participated in the creation of the world. He Hebrew word ‘ruach’ may refer to God’s Spirit, the spirit of a person, breath, or wind. Scholars are divided about whether the reference here is to the Spirit of God creating or to God’s breath blowing across the waters. The eternal Spirit of God was certainly present at the creation. The Spirit is everywhere associated with power and life, both of which are important in creation. This reference to the Spirit should not conceal the metaphor used here. God’s breath-like Spirit moved or hovered over he waters which covered the earth. God’s Spirit thus kept he chaotic forces in check. Only a few verses associate the Spirit with creation. He is more often associated with individual persons. Other references to the Spirit creating include Job 33:4; 34:14-15; Psalm 33:6; 104:30.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, whether it was God or His breath-like Spirit is meaningless, as He was there. Creation began, is still going, though one day it will stop at the end of time for this created body. We are all a work in progress, until the 7th trump, when Jesus returns in all His glory; then, judgment will begin. Help us all to be ready for this momentous event in Your Plan, Abba, as we seek to enter the kingdom of Heaven. Today we continue to pray our troops serving in faraway lands and those in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

When God measures mankind, He puts the tape around the heard, instead of the head.”

KNOWING GOD:

Then you will know that I, the Lord your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her. In that day the mountain will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk, all the ravines of Judah will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house and will water the valley of acacias.” (Joel 3:17-18– God Tells Us Who He Is As Author of Creation)

The created order will reveal the say of God’s salvation. When God redeems the people and the land, all creation will return to His original purposes. Nations like Israel, Egypt, and Edom are involved, but the day of the Lord will be no ordinary day and this list is not a completed list of nations, for on the day of Jesus’ return God will provide protection for His people but destruction for their enemies. Forgiveness will be given God’s People, but for those who are wicked and commit evil in the sight of the Lord, the outcome will be much different.

I AM:

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be know about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—-his eternal power and divine nature—-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:18-20 – God Tells U Who He Is As Author of Creation)

The purposes of God are to be brought to their intended goal. These purposes are centered in Christ and come to fruition in association with Him. ‘All things’ is an all embracing phrase for the whole of creations, the times of human history, and the totality of redeemed humanity. All will be headed up in Christ, and therein final harmony and God’s eternally intended purpose will be realized.

SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. And have been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route” (Matthew 2:9, 12– God Tells Us Who He Is As Author of Creation)

A star became a sign to follow for several eastern star experts. God used their expertise and His creation to lead the foreigners to greet Jesus. He warned them in a dream to take another road home; thus, avoiding the capital and Herod.

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