The First Four Words
When we reflect upon the first four words in the Bible, it reminds us of an important but frequently neglected truth. Dwelling on these first four words can direct our steps, create more joy and preserve our peace of mind. What are the first four words in Genesis? (Incidentally, this is a great trivia question!) These initial and very simple four words, “In the beginning, God” highlight the proper order of things.
Before there was anything, there was God. Obviously, before we existed, God existed. We run into trouble when we start thinking of our existence as “in the beginning, me.” This is an important principle to work into the fabric of our daily life. When we put God first, in His proper place, it sets us up for victory whatever our endeavor. This victory may come in the form of an accomplishment or as spiritual growth and progress of some kind.
Before we start our day, we can choose to put God first through prayer, devotion and praise. Before we start a project at work, we can choose to put God first by dedicating the project to Him and asking for the right plan and the right approach. Before we have an important conversation with our spouse or teenager, we can put God first by asking him to work through our discussion and provide us with the right words at the right time. It’s easy to put God first…and it’s easy to put ourselves first. A quick glimpse around the nation and around the world reveals most have chosen the latter. Too many put themselves first and consequently forfeit the authentic joy of success, God’s way. Jesus promised us that when we seek Him first, the other things we seek will be added as well.
Throughout the day, we can pause, reflect, and remind ourselves that this world is God’s world, this project is God’s project, this relationship is God’s relationship and this day is His day.
In the beginning, God!