Start Here

When you are reading a story, you start at the beginning. If you start at the end, you will become confused. Start at the beginning, and you will understand who the story is about, what they are doing, when they are doing it, where they are, and why it matters. The same is true about your life. You are actually living at the end of a long, long story. You can only understand what is happening if you go back to the beginning.

Read John 1:1-3.

Where did all reality, all eternity and all life come from? Everything came from God, who existed before all things, who had no beginning of days, who has lived forever (Hebrews 7:3; Colossians 1:17).

God is two Beings (not one, as many believe). These two have forever chosen to share their thoughts, their experience and their lives. Their loving nature has defined all of existence for all of eternity.

These God Beings have endless love and endless power, and they chose to use that power to create more beings whom they could love.

Read Genesis 1:1.

By their immense spirit power, these two Beings willed and spoke the angels into existence, then the universe (1 Corinthians 8:6; Hebrews 11:3; Colossians 1:16).

All laws of matter, energy, gravity, shape, motion, heat, magnetism, charges, molecules, genes, cells, substances, interactions, life, birth, childhood, adulthood, marriage, relationships, thought, choice, and cause and effect came from God.

The universe and everything in it is new, compared to the eternal existence of God. It would never have existed, and it would even now cease to exist, without God’s will, power and laws.

Read Psalm 8:1-4.

In six days, God renewed the surface of the Earth, dividing night and day; binding the waters; lifting the land; planting seeds; arranging the sun, moon and stars; and forming animals, all for man.

God fashioned man, fashioned you, fenced you with bone, clothed you with flesh. He gave you breath, thought and the sharing of thought: life!

If we do not constantly remember this, we become ungrateful and confused. So every week we think back to the first Sabbath, when God began creating man’s mind and attitude, and we think back to the beginning of the universe, and beyond.

We remember the beginning of the story not only every week on the Sabbath but every day at the beginning and end of our prayers when we praise God (Matthew 6:9-13). In his prayers, King David sometimes asked for nothing and only praised God’s eternal existence, glorious power and loving nature. Idea: Challenge your children to pray an entire prayer focusing only on God and praising Him in this way.