This verse was so familiar to me that I ended up skimming over it and moving down the page.
Reference: v.1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (NIV Bible)
Explore: I didn't even need to look at my Bible when I was writing down my reference verse today. Genesis 1:1 is a fairly well known Bible verse, even to those who do not believe in God. This verse was so familiar to me that I ended up skimming over it and moving down the page. I was half way down the passage when I realised that I was hardly concentrating on what I was reading. When I went back to the start of the passage again I was struck by the enormity of this first verse. I read it over a couple of times, 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.' All that we see, all that we know, it's all come from God, it all begun with God. God set it all in motion. That's huge.
Application: So often we can read through scripture or exist through a worship experience without really stopping and letting the words or the moment sink in to our understanding. Sometimes we need to stop ourselves and allow something that may sound common and familiar take a deeper perspective. Life can get so busy that we end up having three things going on at a time. But God is so vast that even the simple things can take a while to really sink in. It's easy to find ourselves skimming over things so we can move on to the next agenda item. Sometimes we need to stop ourselves, go back to the start and marvel in the enormity of God.
Prayer: Lord, You are so huge and incomprehendible, and yet You make yourself known to us. May we pause and reflect on You every day. Amen.
Take this moment to stop and reflect on one part of God.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.