So I’ve been reading Guilty Soul’s Guide to Grace, because I can struggle a lot with worldly sorrow and having a more accurate perception of God and his attitude toward me.
So yesterday I decided to start studying out evidences of God’s love in the Bible, just to really build up the image of God’s true loving, merciful character in my mind and not the tainted one a wrathful God who despises me and is forever displeased with my existence.
So to my surprise, the beginning of my study leads me to the first scripture in the Bible, which reads: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” I was like…okay…yes, he did. Then I read the commentary on it, and it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read. It reads:
"The simple statement that God created the heavens and the earth is one of the most challenging concepts confronting the modern mind. The vast galaxy we live in is spinning at the incredible speed of 490,000 miles an hour. But even at this breakneck speed, our galaxy still needs 200 million years to make one rotation. And there are over one billion other galaxies just like ours in the universe.
Some scientists say that the number of stars in creation is equal to all the grains of all the sands on all the beaches of the world. Yet this complex sea of spinning stars functions with remarkable order and efficiency. To say that the universe ‘just happened’ or ‘evolved’ requires more faith than to believe that God is behind these amazing statistics.
God truly did create a wonderful universe. God did not need to create the universe; he chose to create it. Why? God is love, and love is best expressed toward something or someone else — so God created the world and people as an expression of his love. We should avoid reducing God’s creation to merely scientific terms. Remember that God created the universe because he loves us.”
And I never looked at the first scripture in this way. I never looked at the universe in this way. As a masterpiece created specifically for me as a gift from God. Everything around us, from the trees, to the sky, to the oceans, to the animals, to the people in our lives…everything and everyone was created as an expression of God’s love for us. God is so romantic. But this quality in him can easily be overlooked by a Guilty Soul such as myself. But He’s changing my mind…