In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1, NIV 1984).
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. (Deuteronomy 6:4, NIV 1984).
Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. (Romans 1:20, NIV 1984).
The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished. (Exodus 34:6–7, NIV 1984).
Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. (Daniel 2:20–22, NIV 1984).
My Musings – We believe that there is one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. (Articles of Faith, First Baptist Church of Sycamore, Church Constitution & Bylaws).
“In the beginning,” our infinite God was already there, and He always will be. There is no God besides Him. No lesser gods and certainly no greater god. While we cannot fully grasp the depth of His holiness, wisdom, power and love, through His creation we know that they far surpass our wildest imagination. To deny these qualities, which in essence is denying Him, is inexcusable. As a result, and consistent with His holiness, He will not “leave [these] guilty [ones] unpunished.“
My Advice – One need not be among the punished. For God, because He is compassionate, gracious and abounding in love, provided a means for us to be forgiven of our wickedness, rebellion and sin. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s musings.