We all have a story. Some of us like the stories we live. Others of us don’t. And still some of us wish we could trade our story with someone else. Probably we can all relate to each of those realities. Our stories have up’s and down’s. Triumph’s and tragedies. Seasons of success and seasons of failure. There is a time for everything under the sun. Right?
But probably for the majority of us the most frustrating thing is making sense of our story. Who am I? Why am I here? What is life really about? Does my life really matter? (After all there are 7.5 billion people on earth. What makes me so special?)
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Every Story Has a Beginning
Every story has a beginning. My story began on a Thursday. May 14, 1987. In good old Irving, Texas. That’s the day I was born. I don’t remember it, but I hear it was a pretty great day.
But you could argue my story began before that. Perhaps when my parents first met. Or before. When my grandfather’s battle buddy brought him home on a furlough and introduced him to his sister. Who would become my grandmother. Or maybe it began before that.
It’s interesting, isn’t it? Your story is connected to the many stories that come before it. That make your story possible. And those stories only exist because of the stories that preceded them. So on and so forth. All the way back to the dawn of time.
And that’s where I want to draw your attention today.
Your Story Begins With God
Your story didn’t start in a vacuum. It’s not a one-off. And it’s not an accident. Your story is a part of a much larger story. A story that has been unfolding from the beginning. And a story that finds its beginning in God.
The Bible begins with these words,
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
That is the beginning of the Bible story. And that is the beginning of your story too. Your story begins with God.
So, it makes sense that if you want to understand your story, if you want to learn who you really are, if you want to discover your purpose, you have to start with God.
So, who is this God who writes our story?
God is Eternal
The Scripture says, “In the beginning, God…” God is eternal. He is everlasting. That means He has no beginning or end. He has always existed. And if that’s hard for you to wrap your head around, join the club! We live in time. We think in time. We arrange our lives around time. We strap it to our wrists. So to think of God as transcending time is a very difficult thing. But that’s who God is.
When God reveals Himself to Moses, He says, “I AM WHO I AM.” God is not like you or me. He is different. He is set apart. He is who He is, and who He is is who He will always be. At the very least, this means God is consistent. You can count on Him.
God is Creator
Beyond being eternal, the Scriptures also tell us that God is the creator. “In the beginning, God created.” Everything that exists, exists by the creative power of God. The Bible uses different words to describe various acts of creation. But the word used here (bara) only applies to God. Only God creates something out of nothing. Human beings can make (asa), form (yasar), and build (bana). But only God creates.
And God has created incredible things. The tallest mountain in our solar system is named Olympus Mons. It’s located on Mars. It’s 2.5 times taller than Everest. It spans 370 miles wide. God created that.
50 light years away from planet earth you will find a star. A white dwarf named Lucy. It’s part of the constellation Centarus. The star got its name in 1996 after scientists discovered the star pulsates. They used the pulsations to determine what the star was made of. They discovered that it is mostly made of carbon and that it is 90% crystallized. Which makes it a gigantic diamond floating in outer space. Incredible. God made that.
Or consider your own brain. One neuro-scientist calls it the most complex object in the known universe. Dr. Michio Kaku said, “The human brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10,000 other neurons. Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe.” Even today with all our scientific break throughs, the human brain remains a mystery to us. God made that.
God is Relational
God is eternal. God is creator. But the most staggering thing we learn about God here is that God is relational. He is not impersonal. He is not distant. He is not indifferent. He speaks. He reveals Himself. He wants to enter into our stories.
God reveals Himself in different ways. The Bible says that every created thing bears witness to the glory of God. You know this too. If you have ever stood on the edge of the Grand Canyon. If you have ever reached the summit of a mountain. If you’ve ever been out in the middle of nowhere in the dark of night and looked up at the stars. You get that sense that there is something great out there. Someone bigger than you. Someone glorious and powerful and wonderful. Creation reveals the glory of the God who made you.
God reveals Himself through His word. The Bible is a story. It’s not so much about you and me and what we should be doing as it is about God, who He is, and what He has done for us. It’s the great story that makes sense of every other story. And we should all read it.
And God has revealed Himself through Jesus Christ. The author of Hebrews writes,
He is the radiance of the glory of God, and the exact imprint of His nature. (Hebrews 1:3)
In Christ, God entered into our story. He became one of us. He experienced life like you and me. The ups and the downs. The highs and the lows. The good times and bad.
So, God can relate to you. He can make sense of your story because your story begins with Him. Identity. Significance. Meaning. Purpose. Hope. They all come from Him. Do you know this God?
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