“After all the acts of faith which have ever been exercised in this world, perhaps there is none which is really more strong or which requires a higher confidence in the God, than the declaration that the universe has been brought into existence with a word” – Barnes
Here are the beautiful first words that we read in the Bible; which many of us know and skim over on a regular basis: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”. This is a foundation to faith in God: the fact that He was the one that spoke everything into being with a word. He was the creator; and we are here not by a random accident, but by a word. Elohim – the word used for God in this case in the original language – literally means power and strength; in one person, we can see all of the power and might that first created the world, and now cares for you and me.
Faith appears in two different ways, each exercised throughout the lives of those who love Him. The first is confidence in God – certainty in what we do not see, the declaration that the universe was brought into existence with a word, and that He was the one who spoke it. The second is a confidence that God can do all things; being sure of what we hope for, and knowing His will for the world and for His people. This kind of faith comes into play from the moment that we ask for something in prayer, until we see it come into being; it’s the faith that we have in the confidence that He is all that He says He is. It’s the faith that allows us to have hope when we do not see the answer – it’s the faith that means that God and His word is more real to us than what is going on in our head.
In the beginning, God, the home of all power and strength, saw nothing and decided to create in it something new. This is what He did in the world, and it’s what He does in us; He sees a gap, a blank space, and creates in it something new. And after all the acts of faith that have been exercised in the world, perhaps there are none that are greater than this: that the God who created the whole universe with a word, is also seeing the blank spaces in us, and in the world around us, and is working to create in them something beautiful.