Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | September 22, 2015

September 22, 2015 “What’s Your Favorite?”

 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

 

Good Morning My Friends!

Recently on the campaign trail, several of the presidential hopefuls were asked questions of a spiritual nature. One candidate, when asked about his favorite book, answered “The Bible.” Pressed to give a favorite verse, he deferred by saying he did not wish to get into specifics, for to him this was a personal matter. Some skeptics immediately pointed to this as a dodge of the question. Perhaps it was…perhaps not. Another candidate, asked the same question, quickly responded with the answer “Proverbs 3: 5-6” which is Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”  This question caused me to speculate as to how I would answer such a question. There are so many great particular verses that come to mind: John 3:16:”For God so loved the world”…Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  John 10:10: “I come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.”  John 11:25: ““I am the resurrection and the life”  There are so many…far too numerous to list here. But upon reflecting on the question, I believe my answer would be Genesis 1:1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

All of the aforementioned verses, and any other one that may come to mind, derive their ultimate significance from this singular verse. Were no other verse of scripture ever recorded save this one, still it would stand alone as the single-most important fact in all of history. From this verse, all we are and all we know is defined. From this verse we learn that (1) There is a divine being we know as God. (2) God is eternal. (3) God is all-powerful (4) God created us and all we know (5) God knows all things (6) Nothing that exists is greater than God.

Every other verse of scripture finds its foundation in this reality. For example, in order to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart”, you must first understand the nature of and the reality that there is a “Lord” to trust.  To understand that “I can do all things through Christ”, you must understand the nature of the one called Christ and that there is such a one. To believe “For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten son”, again, it is necessary to understand that there is a God that has ordained all things.

What’s your favorite verse? None are diminished by my observations, for all are “God breathed.” I would simply submit that this is my favorite, because it carries within it all that is significant in all that follows…and all that follows is the Word of God!  Let’s pray!

Heavenly Father; What an extraordinary treasure we have been given in your Holy Word. Every part of it…every line and each verse, is inspired by You. Thank you, O Lord, for this extraordinary revelation. May the eyes of our understanding be opened as we meditate upon it daily. This we do pray in Jesus’ Great Name. Amen!

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