A devotional thought from Halim Suh for “Creation”
I hate getting to the movie theater late. The beginning is everything. If you miss the beginning, then you may miss the whole point of the story. Without seeing the context, the story line set up, the character development, the problem, and the climax, it’s impossible to truly appreciate the solution.
But sadly, this is often times how we treat the Bible.
We go straight to the Gospel of John or the Letter to the Philippians and entirely ignore the first three-fourths of what makes up the Bible. The Old Testament and books like Genesis can seem about as applicable as the prologue of any random book. But that isn’t the truth, is it?
Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. As Christians, we believe that “all Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness.”
The Old Testament, the Book of Genesis, and the creation account are all infused with truths about God that matter today, not just thousands and thousands of years ago. God is the Author of the most enthralling story ever told, and He starts with creation because what happens there magnifies and gives meaning to the rest of the story. And it even has implications on your story today.
Pause and Reflect
• In what ways do you think the creation account and the rest of the Old Testament are critical for us being able to fully grasp the message of the New Testament?
• What are some things you can do as you read through the creation story to remember that this applies to you in the present?
• How does seeing God as revealed in Genesis 1–2 affect your relationship with Him today? How does it affect your relationships with others?