The First Day

Genesis 1: 1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

This is the straight forward teaching of the first day of all that exists in the material universe.  It was the start to it all, the first step.  Between yesterday and today there has been a transition calendar-wise.  God has full control of time and eternity, but in our way of thinking we have transitioned.  Yesterday was the last day of 2011; today is the first day of 2012.  A truth stands out.  2011 is gone, never to be lived again.  It’s gone as much as 1960 is gone and just as unreachable as any past year.  You can’t go back and visit the past.

Today is the first day of a New Year; it starts over again.  We go on the assumption that we have an entire year to enjoy.  We may, but we may not.  Sometime this year could be our time. We don’t know what is on the tomorrow. We don’t know what’s on today.  All we know is that this is the first day of the week, the first day of the month, the first day of the New Year.  It’s the first day of the rest of our life.  Guess who gave it.  Do you think you did it by taking care of yourself and keeping doctor’s appointments?  No.  It is by the grace of God that we are here. None of us knows what the rest of our life will consist of.  Don’t presume you’ll live until you’re 80.  Your genes may be such that you could live that long, but someone coming down the road might hit your car head on and kill you.  Only God knows your last day.

This is the first day of 2012 because there was a first day, a beginning to everything.  It’s a reminder that there was a beginning.  The material universe as we know it has not always been.  Only God has always been in eternity.  The rest was created. There was a first day to it all.  In the beginning was God, and he was the beginning to all things.  You are not an accident.  You exist because you had a Beginner.  He chose that you might exist.  You were a living soul as well as a living body at your conception.  God deliberately chose for you to be.

On that first day God made something from nothing when he separated the light from the darkness making a world in which we could live.  Light is essential to human existence.  You are important to God.  You can look at your losses.  You are getting older.  You may be breaking physically.  You have worries and problems.  We all do, but we have a lot to be thankful for.  God commanded light to shine in darkness, and he commands light to shine on us.  You may face bad things, but there is light.  Because God sits on his throne, you are somebody.  You’ll always have something.  We cannot save our own soul; we cannot create our own salvation.

When we messed up our own creation, there was another day.  The angel said it this way.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. We can be saved.  God is able to make the light shine in the midst of darkness and in spite of it.  Jesus is the Light of the World.

God didn’t let the light mingle with the darkness.  He separated it.  All things are possible because of that first day.  You may be scared at what this year holds, but God can still separate the darkness and light in your soul.  Regardless of what we may have later, we have Jesus now.  God began our day, our year.  Let’s give him glory and not try to be our own beginner.

If you need to be saved, come to the Beginner.  If you need to renew your covenant with the Lord, return to him. Put the nothing-ness of your life behind you.  God makes all things new.  Let this be your first day.

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