Thursday, December 1, 2016

Day 1 - In the Beginning

Can you find Jesus the Creator in this painting?

 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. — Genesis 1:1 (NKJV)

God created the world and everything in it. He made it perfect in every way - a beautiful, quiet place for Him to walk in the Garden and enjoy His creation. Everything was made for His glory, from the endless universe so enormous you could never explore it to the single cell so tiny you could never see it. Does that word "glory" sound strange to you? Do you know what it means? God made His creation for His own pleasure, and to remind us that He is God, and we're not. Have you ever looked at the millions of stars in the sky on a dark, dark night and wondered where they came from? Have you ever looked at all the beautiful trees in the forest and thought that God surely is the greatest Artist there is?  Psalm 19:1 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands."

Today's Prayer

Father God, today we'll stop and remember that You are the Creator of everything. Thank You for giving us such a wonderful world. Thank You for using everything You've made to teach us about You. Please help us remember that everything is created for Your pleasure, to show us You are God. And please help us remember to always praise You for it.

Today's Activity

Set aside quiet time as a family to consider God's creation. On a clear, dark night, wrap up in a blanket with the children in the yard and study the stars. Ask them if they think everything they see could have "just happened." Take a walk in the woods. Have the children see how many different trees, flowers, mosses, grasses, animals, and other created things they can find. Talk about how beautiful and intricate even the simplest things they're seeing are. Ask if they think all this could be "just an accident."

Seek & Find Answer to the question in the painting above:
The face of Jesus the Creator covers all the earth.

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