Where is the beginning?

1 Peter 1:20 reads, “He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.”

Can you imagine God, the author of life and creator of the universe, actually thinking through the process of our world? How did He do it? How did He lovingly create the beauty of a flower with all its intricate detail; the outline of the stars to light the night sky; the wings of doves; the muscular legs of a wild mustang? How did He speak it into being? What about the creation of man, formed in His own image;how much thought went into humanity’s formation?

Do you realize time as we know it did not exist until God spoke the universe and time into existence?  Simply put, there are two ways to understand “beginning”. As God, He infinitely existed prior to the structure of the universe. During the creation process, He first created TIME. As a result, He stands outside of time seeing tomorrow as today. Uniquely, the Creator sees all that has or will occur in His design. Even before God imagined light and darkness, He knew what would be ahead of Him. God knew Eve would sin. He knew Noah would need to build an ark. He knew Christ would suffer through the crucifixion. He knew the influence of Paul and his writings. He knew you, and He knew me. All before He uttered a word into being.

Such thoughts throw my mind into a spin; despite knowing all that would occur, He created the universe and us anyway. I can’t help but wonder why?

A woman came into my office for counseling. Her husband of 30 years had repeated affairs.  She felt lost and of little value. As we talked, she continually repeated, “if I could just do it over.” I finally asked her, “Okay. If you could do it over, what would it look like?”

Quietly, she thought. Her hands rolled over and over in her lap as if she were turning back time. Clearing her throat she uttered, “Funny, I hadn’t thought of it like that.”

“What do you mean?” I quizzed.

“If I had to do it all over again, I’d do it the same because I wouldn’t have my children’ and they are the joy of my life.”

We are the joy of the Lord. His creations. His children. Even knowing what was ahead, He created us anyway. Obviously, He loves us greatly.

Wherever you are in life, whatever mistakes you’ve made, He loves you. His love is enough to endure the torture of the Cross so that He might spend eternal life with you. Take the time today to relish the hand of God upon your life and the deep committed love He has for you.


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