'In the beginning, God ...'

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2002

God is good at beginnings. He was at the first one. His word brought forth creation in wondrous beauty and abundance.

I used to wonder why a friend would say that God knew about baseball. I finally figured out he was quoting the verse wrong, " In the big inning, God ... ." Oh, well.

God's powerful word is what upholds all that he spoke into existence (Hebrews 1:3). All the components of the solar system continue in their respective rotations and revolutions in precise order as they have for thousands of years.

Can you imagine how long a working model of the solar system will last? Spare no expense, retain the best engineers, obtain the finest facility and materials, then build a small scale model of the solar system that functions as the real one does. I wonder if it would last 10 years without adjustment or mechanical failure. Yet God's divine design has continued on through the ages.

Spring is a time of new beginnings in a sense. Plants bud, blossom and bloom in great abundance. Fish and birds make their return. Daylight increases. Lots of marvelous things happen in a relatively short period of time. It all takes place because God has ordered it so.

High school graduates are to be congratulated as they complete a course of study covering several years. They will soon begin their college courses, start preparation for their career or hire on a new job. The Lord can help light the pathway for them as they begin a new phase of their lives.

Many couples choose this time of year for their marriage to take place. Jesus began his miracles recorded in the Gospels at a wedding. He can be present in the marriage and home to help with a wonderful beginning just as his presence was with the first couple, Adam and Eve.

A new family just beginning with the birth of a baby? No problem, the family is God's idea. He can help provide the wisdom necessary to guide those tiny steps to maturity.

In fact, God wants a new beginning for all of us. The Bible says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (II Corinthians 5:17)

This is a new start for us to experience the scripture and God's spirit in a powerful way.

Jesus spoke of a new birth; born of water and spirit. His followers both experienced and taught this to others. (Acts 2:38) This dynamic new dimension of life in God is the beginning that he wants to provide for all.

Make your beginning, whatever it is, with his blessings and benefits. You will find it gets better and better.

Mitch Glover is the pastor of the Sterling United Pentecostal Church on Swanson River Road at Entrada. Sunday services are at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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