November 27th - Day 1 | Promises: An Advent Family Devotional
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” - Genesis 1:1
“4…even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” - Ephesians 1:4-6
God is so awesome, in every sense of the word.
Think of the most beautiful places you’ve ever been or dreamt of visiting. Imagine the beautifully diverse colors of a field of wildflowers. Be overwhelmed with the grandeur of majestic, snow-capped peaks jutting out of the earth. Picture crystal clear waters on a tropical shore, toes buried in the sand. Hear the sounds of a jungle rainforest teeming with life, or the roar of a waterfall so fierce you can’t hear yourself speak! All of these only scratch the surface of the beauty of God’s creation on one single planet.
Just walk outside on a cloud-free night and gaze at the stars to see the infinity of creation and galaxies beyond us. Such beauty and creativity came from the heart of God as He breathed all into existence. He didn’t just take existing matter and arrange it to make a beautiful creation.
Out of nothingness, He created this wondrous world we have yet to fully explore. What amazes me most is as vast and beautiful as the universe may be, as complex and skilled God’s plan for creation, before He ever spoke a single creative word, He chose to love and adopt you into His family. He thought of you before the first foundations of earth were laid.
God’s family of adopted sons and daughters from every nation, tribe, and tongue filled His thoughts as He created this unbelievable world for us to inhabit. Before God made a thing, a relationship with you was on His mind, picturing the day your adoption would be complete. As you hang your earth ornament, remember, before He ever made a thing, God promised you could call Him Father!