Let’s sum up the heart of our reflection on Genesis 1:1: God’s sacrifice of himself was the foundation of creation. Before God ever launched out into this massive project of making the heavens and the earth he counted the cost. He knew that his creation would cost him his Son. And even with this knowledge he still created. This is also a lesson for us: we cannot begin anything that is apostolic (sent from God and rooted in him) unless we count the cost. We need to realise what is at stake and then step out with courage. If we don’t, we won’t last, no matter how enthusiatic we begin.
Our God paved the way by creating. Now, we are called to follow him and be creative. He may be calling you to be a father or mother, to start a business, write music or plant a church. If we fear sacrifice, dreading the rejection that will come, we will never begin. Our confidence and security must be totally in God who is secure in himself and knows he will be victorious.
God began creating because of love. If love wasn’t his motivation he would have never started. Fear would have caused him to shrink back, to be content to dwell alone and not take a covenant partner. But it was faith and love that moved him to descend his “holy mountain” and walk on the tumultuous water. He longed to be with and rescue his people. And we see the ultimate fulfilment of his desire through the coming of Jesus Christ. May we also walk on the water with him and invite him into the “boat” of our lives. When Jesus is in our boat, we will make it to the other side no matter what the storm.
Prayer: Father, you are a courageous God––more bold than a lion for you are its creator. You roar and the enemy flees. And yet you are also as humble as a lamb––a lamb who silently went to slaughter for the salvation of your creation. The lion and the lamb. The lion is courageous, but so is the lamb. The lamb has a different type of boldness, a covert strength. Our Lamb was motivated by love and his sacrifice is the very foundation of creation. Endue me with your courage to count the cost and boldly go where others are afraid. There is something great you are calling me too, something that no one else can do. But you can do it in and through me. Come into my boat and take me to the other side. I praise you, the astronomically courageous God!