A New Beginning

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Empty. Dark.

Then God went to work and changed it all.

Genesis 1 records how everything began, how a Creator took what was empty and dark and made it into something beautiful and good.

The Bible is a book of redemption, of restoration, of reconciliation. Right from its first chapter that story is told: emptiness can be filled—with God; darkness can become light—because of God.

In the beginning God created...” (Genesis 1:1).

The beauty that God created will be spoiled and soiled, sullied and sacrificed but the lesson remains: With God, because of God, emptiness can be filled and darkness can become light.

John 1:14 tells us: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word as with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life and that life was the light of men, The light shines in darkness...

Jesus was there, from the beginning, on a mission to fill emptiness and to banish darkness.

2 Corinthians 5:17: “...if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Many people are accustomed to making resolutions at the beginning of a new year. They promise to do this, to stop doing that, to be better at this, to work harder at that. The truth is that our resolve is like emptiness demanding that it fill itself and darkness insisting that its lights come on.

Resolution won’t change emptiness or darkness, but revolution will. One of the definitions of revolution is this: “dramatic change, radical alteration, sea change, metamorphosis, transformation.” And that takes Someone a lot bigger than we are. But the God who turned on the lights of the universe, who filled emptiness with living things, can certainly change a life.

Give Him the opportunity and discover that for yourself.

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