Christian Devotions


Genesis 1:1,2 (KJV)   In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

“In the beginning, God…”



We start at the beginning of another 365 day segment of time. But He is before, beyond, and surrounding time.

Our days may be partially mapped out with appointments and commitments. But much of the year lies ahead as a formless mass.

(TLB)  2 the earth was[b] a shapeless, chaotic mass,* with the Spirit of God brooding over the dark vapors.*

When we start with God, we are on firm ground.  Our future may be a shapeless mass or a waste and emptiness, but the Spirit of God is hovering over our future, brooding over the coming days.

Brooding is an interesting word.  It reminds me of a broody hen, sitting on a nest of eggs, keeping them warm to hatch.  Our days are like that in God’s hands. He knows what is in each egg and has made provision for  each day.

Starting each day with the knowledge that God has this day in His hands, frees us to to stay close to Him so that we can reflect His love to the world around us.  That is, after all, our proper response to His boundless love to us.

Imagine God, in the beginning, not only hovering over the formless mass of the earth, but also brooding over you, before time, as if you were His only consideration.


You are unique.

God has a full plan for your life.

He tells you in Jeremiah 29:11    For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  (TLB)

As we make our plans for this coming year, let us look toward God for each day.


Father,  God,

Help us to learn to listen to your voice.

Give us the patience to wait on Your leading for our plans and our actions.

Grant us time for You and an infusion of Your peace. 

Help us to be a reflection of

Your peace,

Your purpose,

Your love

throughout this coming year.

In Jesus’ most precious name.



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