In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

We are creatures of the earth. Yes, we are much more than that, but occasionally, we must be reminded of our earth-bound existence at this time in our lives! We can’t truly understand existence before, beyond, or above time. Yet before the beginning of time, as we know it, God existed — he has revealed himself as “I Am,” the one who was, who is, and who is to come. Before there was an ordered universe to provide the basis of our existence, God was “I Am” — existing in the past, present, and future simultaneously! He existed before, beyond, and without our created universe and the limitations of space and time. We can’t truly comprehend this in its entirety. That’s why every new beginning — a day, a week, a year, or a millennium — should begin with God. He alone is the ultimate Genesis, the “I Am” present at every new beginning.

My Prayer…

Almighty Creator and God of the universe, I praise you for your incomparable power and incomprehensible glory. As I begin this new year, I know my future rests in your will, grace, and salvation. Please go with me as I journey toward this new future. Please be glorified in how I live my life today, this year, and for as long as you give me earthly life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.