Genesis 1:1-5 New International Version (NIV)
The Beginning 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
Monday - February 22
In the beginning God spoke. God’s Word has power. In Isaiah 55:11 God declares that His Word “goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty.” That powerful Word of God is what creates faith. God speaks and we listen or we rebel, as we will see tomorrow. The gospel writer, John, called that powerful “Word of God” Jesus. We have faith in Jesus or we do not. In his treatise, The Freedom of a Christian, Martin Luther wrote: there is no more terrible disaster with which the wrath of God can afflict men than a famine of the hearing of his Word (Amos 8:11). Likewise there is no greater mercy than when he sends forth his Word (Psalm 107:20). Faith in the Word of God has always been and will always be the key to peace with God.