Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:1-2:17 / Matthew 1:1-25 / Psalm 1:1-6
As we approach a new year, many look forward to new hopes, dreams and beginnings. It is a time when we can put the past disappointment and memories behind us while anticipating a promising future. Nothing seems to be more celebrated than a new year but the greatest celebration of new beginnings took place when God spoke all things into existence. He is the author of all life!
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) God created the entire universe and scientists are still discovering the expansiveness and complexity of the universe. The universe is so vast that it takes a beam of light (traveling 700 million miles per hour) over 100,000 YEARS just to cross the length of our galaxy - the Milky Way. When you consider that there are billions of other galaxies in the universe, God’s creation is beyond man’s imagination and knowledge.
God created the sun and the moon to govern our days/nights and to give us light. (vs.16) The sun is so large that we could put 1,300,000 earths inside it. The earth spins on its axis at 1000 m.p.h. and moves around the sun at a velocity of 67,000 m.p.h. At that speed, the earth travels 57,360,000 miles every 24 days! God also made the stars (vs.16) and there are as many stars as there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the world!
As large as God’s creation is, it is also intricately perfect and small. All created things are made up of atoms and an atom is made up of three distinctive working parts. If you would take all the atoms on the tip of a pen, give an atom each to a soldier and have them march four soldiers wide, it would take them over 20,000 years to march past you. Atoms are God’s building blocks!
God made all the living creatures that move along the ground. (vs.24) The smallest insect on the earth is made up of millions of living cells. God made man (vs.26) and the average man has 75 trillion cells. Each cell is extremely complex and more complicated than the most powerful computer in the world.
Our DNA carries our entire hereditary information and everyone’s DNA is unique to them. If all the DNA strands in our body were compressed, they could fit in an ice cube. That doesn’t seem extraordinary but if we would take those same DNA strands (each being 6 foot in length) and laid them end-to-end, they would stretch from the earth to the sun…and back again more than 400 times!
Don’t forget God this New Year. May we be at awe when we see the majestic and beautiful handiwork of God in nature! May we see His divine purpose and promise in every child! May we discover His presence and peace in the very depth of our being! God’s creative power is still active today…may we allow Him to make and mold us into His very own image!