This is the free student devotional for And It Was Good, Session 1: God’s Work of Creation.
Turn off your phone, the TV, or anything that would distract. Take a deep breath and spend some time in silence before God, asking Him to prepare your heart for what He wants to teach you.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” —Genesis 1:1-2
Read Genesis 1:1-5. Think through these questions:
• What do these verses teach you about God’s power? His supremacy? His authority?
• When you think about the whole of creation and all that God has done, how do you respond?
• Why is it important to recognize God as Creator?
God is your Creator and the Creator of everything that exists. He is powerful, active, and life-giving. This aspect of His character invites our awe and calls us to worship.
Behind the Story
The first sentence of the Bible isn’t arbitrary. It establishes key truths on which the whole of Scripture rests. These truths
• God exists. Verse 1 tells us that before there was a universe, God existed.
• God is the main character of the Bible. Scripture is His story, and every part of it teaches us about Him and His relationship with us.
• God is the Creator. He is not dependent on the universe, but all of creation is dependent upon Him.
Consider all God has created: beautiful landscapes, the intricacies of the human body, the enormity of the universe. See all of God’s creation as the work of a powerful, awesome, life-giving Artist. As you spend time in His creation, praise Him. Journal your response.
Fill in the blanks to begin memorizing John 1:12-13.
“But to ____ who did __________ Him, He gave them the right to be ____________ of ______, to those who ___________ in ___ name, who were born, not of _______, or of the will of the ______, or of the will of ______, but of ______.” —John 1:12-13