In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
I once considered building my own universe, but in the end thought better of it. The instruction manual I was given warned that previous scientific knowledge was required, and that the materials involved were very dangerous, and could prove fatal. Since my only previous experience of science was at GCSE level at the age of 16, I decided that it would be unwise for me to attempt the experiment. If you would like to have a go, though, the manual is available on Amazon, ISBN 0091891078.
I should imagine it’s fairly difficult to create a universe. The last thing that I made was a coat hook when I was about twelve, and even making that almost resulted in me burning my school down. The writer of Genesis, however, opens the book with the simple words, “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” All very matter of fact. It’s a bit like me saying, “today I bought a coffee at Costa.” Yet that act of creation was probably the single most event of all time, ever. Even more significant than the cinema release of Avatar – and that’s saying something!
Right from the start of the Bible, it is clear that all things were created by God. In a sense, then, it could be said that we all belong to God. If I make something, it would usually be said to belong to me. God created the earth – so therefore it belongs to him. God created me – therefore I belong to him. Since God created all things, we, as his creation, are eternally indebted to him. We think that we’re deeply indebted to our parents, since they produced us – but nothing would have been created if it were not for God!
Remember today that all things were created by God. Why not spend some time enjoying his creation, and giving thanks to him for that great act.