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Gerard de VosCreated by Gerard de Vos
on 24-11-2008
Category: Faith related
’Did God really say...?’

The very first verse of the Bible is strangely enough foundational: ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’
What does this verse mean? It explains that God is a powerful Creator (He had to be, since we have some idea of the size of the universe). Do we as believers really believe this verse? Could God create this vast universe just by speaking? Do we really believe that a powerful God is in command?

Why is such a powerful God necessary? Nature, as we see it now, is not as God created it originally. It was a perfect creation, but because of sin, the earth was cursed (Genesis 3:17-18). The Bible says that this present earth with all its unrighteousness will be destroyed by fire. Then there will come a new heaven and a new earth the home of righteousness (2 Peter 3:13). It will be renewed with vegetation and animals, and the resurrected children of God will be given new incorruptible bodies. The earth will then be eternal and its resources will never be depleted. It is not that God created and finished His work as written in Genesis 1. We need Him for the future, otherwise what will happen to us without the promises of the coming paradise?

The devil has a strategy to try and steal our faith in this glorious future with God. He still uses the same trick that was so successful with Eve in the garden of Eden. His question to her was: ‘Did God really say?’ This caused Eve to pause and think and opened her up so that the ancient serpent (the devil) could flatly and directly contradict God’s implicit word. (See Genesis 2:16-17 for God’s command: if you disobey you will certainly die; and 3:1-5 for the devil’s declaration: if you disobey, you will not certainly die. He lied, because people all die to this day.) One of the ways the devil asks us the same question is: did God really create the heavens and the earth in 6 days, by talking? Then he gives the answer: ‘He didn’t; evolution explains how all living things came into existence. There is no God who created’. Remember that he is a liar (John 8:44). He lied to Eve (and has been doing that through the ages), so don’t trust that he is speaking the truth this time.

What lesson can we learn from this? We can be sure that God always speaks the truth and that we can trust Him. Faith is the one aspect of life that makes a difference: it will determine the success or failure of one’s relationship with God. God is not pleased with those who have no faith in Him (Hebrews 11:6). Success for the believer is when one can answer: Yes, if it is written in the Bible, I believe that God did it. That person will be able to handle the adversities, trials and temptations that come along for the believer (Acts 14:22). He will have the faith in God’s promises in the Bible like “I will never leave you nor forsake you,’ or ‘I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble’ (Psalm 59:16). For such a person prayer will not be a burden, but a pleasure, because he knows he can discuss his life and issues with the powerful God who honors faith. For him it will not be a burden to read his Bible, because he will always be attentive to what his wonderful Father is saying to him, encouraging, consoling and promising help. If we understand the first verse in the Bible, that God is omnipotent, can help and wants to help, then we can face the uncertain future.

This is the service that evolutionists is rendering us if we observe them closely. Their manic obsession with getting rid of God is unnatural. No person is dumb enough to attack a snake when there is no snake (or a God when there is no God). No! Evolution conclusively proves that God is alive and well, and reigning in glory in His kingdom.

We should be aware of the devil with his probing question regarding God’s Word: ‘Did God really say?’ Yes, God really did say, and it is a great comfort to know that we have such a powerful God who can help us daily with His strong arm. A God who can create a universe can surely help us with our problems.

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinth 1:27