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JUNE 29 – HEAVENS – IN THE BEGINNING!
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
Our God is a God of gods, Lord of lords, King of kings and the Scripture introduces Him in the beginning as “one who created the heaven and the earth.” In the beginning, God who created the firmament called it Heaven (Genesis 1:8). Then God created light in the firmament. In the same way, the sun, the moon and the stars were also created.
The same God was introduced by Jesus Christ, as ‘Father in Heaven” and “God the Father” in the New Testament. The term “God the Father” did not find a place anywhere in the Old Testament. The children of Israel did not know Him as a loving father. Most of the times, they saw Him only as a Father of judgment. The scene of God descending on Mount Sinai was terrifying. The roars of thunder and flashes of lightning were there and smoke had spread all over the mountain.
But, in the New Testament, you all love Him and have faith over Him and thus become His children. You call Him “Father” with love, affection and as a matter of right. He has also graciously given you the Spirit of adoption by whom you cry out “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6). He remains as a Father to create all the living creatures. He is the Father for the whole family, which is the universe.
The child grows and becomes a person like its father. In the same way, you also should grow in the nature and characteristics of the Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ said, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Mathew 5:48).
God has given you the greatness which no other creation has been given. He has created you in His own image and has given His form to you. He also has fellowship with you through the Holy Spirit. This makes you more special than all other living creatures and even the angels.
“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things” (Mathew 6:26, 31, 32).
To meditate: “…how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13).