Day 1

The Creation

from the Genesis reading plan

Genesis 1:1-31, Genesis 2:1-24, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Hebrews 11:3

BY Amanda Bible Williams

There was a time when I was afraid to write. The act of etching my thoughts in ink onto a blank page felt like one of the riskiest things I could do—to declare who I am, reveal what’s inside of me, and then slide it across the table for the rest of the world to see. Even now as I type these words on my laptop in the comfort of home, I am prone to second guess every sentence, every word choice.

Sure, I like new beginnings in theory, but in practice they paralyze me. It might be a new calendar, an empty room, a first day, or a clean white sheet of paper staring back at me. Like a rookie film actor stumbling onto set, I’m certain I’ll flub the first take.

But Genesis is another story. It is the story—our story. The beginning of all beginnings, the book of Genesis is the true history of who we are and where we came from. The first book of the Bible, it is our first glimpse of God’s character in Scripture, of His creation and compassion and His covenant with mankind. And though, yes, we humans dove headlong into sin from the first, our faithful, holy, and steadfast Creator remains true. God is the author and star of this story, and He is the one who invites us in to make it our story as well.

The book of Genesis presents hard truths about human nature and the fallen world we live in, but it is ultimately a book of hope. God created us—each one of us—to bear His image, and He has not changed His mind (Genesis 1:27). Fear and fallenness plague us here on earth, but God will one day bring us home to the perfect peace of His presence. Until then, we are called to “be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it,” to extend God’s plan for Eden throughout the whole earth (v.28).

One day, we will know and experience our Creator’s presence face to face—in perfect peace, whole, and unashamed—just as Adam and Eve once did long ago (Genesis 1:25; Revelation 22:4). That is the life we were created for, the intimate relationship we were always meant to enjoy with Him. One day, even death itself will die, and we will get the fresh start we’ve always longed for—the perfect new beginning, free from fear.

Genesis lays the foundation for everything else we read in Scripture. Our prayer is that this reading plan serves to draw you further into God’s Word, that it would bring you to a deeper knowledge of the God who made you and a deeper longing for His presence. He alone knows the end from the beginning, and we can rest in Him.

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213 thoughts on "The Creation"

  1. Kay Ley says:

    Hoping this ends up being good for my walk

  2. Michelle Foiles says:

    Hey friends! I’m new here! Happy to be here! Love Genesis and can’t wait to really dive in!

  3. Rlei De says:

    Excited to delve deeper into Genesis!

  4. Marie Long says:

    I wondered this as well— after reading again, it seems to me that chapter one is a “summary” of the first 7 days of existence. Then I’m chapter 2, it appears to backtrack to give more in depth detail of how God created man and woman. Just my observation from study.

  5. Marie Long says:

    I wondered this as well— after reading again, to me it seems like chapter one is a summary of the 1st 7 days of existence. Then I’m chapter 2, it backtracks to give a more in depth look at the details of how God created man and woman. Just my observation from study.

  6. Kelly King says:

    Can someone please explain this to me:
    In Genesis 1:27 it says that on the sixth day God made male and female. But then in the Eden story it says that women came from the ribs of man (I’m paraphrasing). I was always of the assumption that the Eden story happened some time after the initial 7 days of creation. Am I wrong in this assumption? Is the Eden story just kind of jumping back and elaborating on the events of the sixth day? Or is there something else I have missed??

    Grateful for any insights! :) xx

  7. Karabo M says:

    Excited for this plan

  8. Maddie Johnson says:

    I’ve been in a rut of what to study in the Word next, so I decided that going back to the beginning was the best place for me. And WOW I can already feel the Lord’s spirit in the first chapter. He reminds me that we are created so perfectly in His image and that He will love us so ferociously no matter what we may go through. Praise God!

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