31 Jan Day 2
WRITTEN BY: Talia Woodard
Scripture: Genesis 1:1 NLT– “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Read Genesis 1 for the full account of creation.
Observation: Have you ever been so awestruck with God’s creation? In this verse, the Hebrew word for God is Elohim, which means Creator. God created the vast universe of galaxies, solar systems and the big beautiful earth we live in. He was there in the beginning before this world as we know it began, as the chief architect, artist, scientist and engineer of the heavens and the earth.
Application: On a recent vacation, I found myself in absolute amazement of Elohim, our Creator. We were on a small boat in the middle of the ocean headed to a secluded black sand beach. Surrounded by majestic mountains, azure blue skies, and the dazzling colors reflected in the depths of the seas, I realized how small I am in comparison to our Elohim. I was reminded of what a masterful Creator he is; no one compares to him. That reminds me—it’s time to schedule another vacation! I appreciate every opportunity to marvel at God’s creation when traveling, but we can do it every day, no matter where we are.
What is even more profound is that Elohim loves us and wants to be in a relationship with us every single day. I am so grateful that the same God who reigns “supreme over all creation” (Colossians 1:15-18) made a way through Jesus for us to know him. Not only can we enjoy his creation, but we can know Elohim, the Creator.
Despite being able to see and experience the glory of God displayed in creation, we are also aware of the brokenness of our world—sickness, pain, suffering (Romans 8:18-25) —and the propensity of mankind to mess things up when we don’t submit to the Creator in the beginning – at the start.
Then how do we live? We can’t fix it all, but we know the God who can. We can Pray First. When we pray, we allow God, Elohim, to speak to us to bring order to our chaos like he did as Creator in Genesis Chapter 1.
In verse 2, we read, “The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters.” By verse 31, “….God looked over all he had made, and he saw it was very good!”
For believers in Jesus, this earthly world is not our eternal home. We live with anticipation of heaven one day and the return of Christ for his church. Let’s be like our Creator and live lives that create opportunities for more people to know God. When we pray first, God can inspire us to create and bring more order to the world we live in.
Prayer: Father, I worship you as Elohim, Creator of all things, and thank you for reminding me who you are when I observe your beautiful creation. More than I value the spectacular views and amazing things in nature that you have created for me to enjoy, I am grateful for you, the one who created it all. I pray that you would use me to create unique opportunities for others to know you and experience heaven on earth until you come again.
Talia Woodard/Devotional J-Teamer
Talia is married to Emory Woodard, with whom she serves in Journey Kids. They have two beautiful children. She recently graduated from Journey Leadership Institute. Talia is a vocalist on the worship team and also serves as an editor for devotionals on the Communications Team.
Practice a “slot and spot with God” – a time and a place each day to seek him.
If you are already on your journey with God, Jesus said to pray this way: “May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 NLT
Watch this video by Bible Project to explore this passage of scripture further.
Read tomorrow’s devotional to dive deeper into the names of God.
Deneen MosleyPosted at 05:20h, 31 January
I love the part about Elohim being a God who created everything but also wants to be the God who has relationship with humanity. What a privilege for those who will accept his son, Jesus!!!
Katie ValetuttiPosted at 05:43h, 31 January
Thank you for focusing us on God as Creator- of everyone and everything, Talia! Love your call to ‘be like our Creator and live lives that create opportunities for more people to know God.’ Thank you for helping me start my day from this place of humility and worship.❤️
Jewel SpearsPosted at 06:38h, 31 January
Love being overwhelmed by creation. Best thing to calm and refresh my soul.
Julie PanaroPosted at 06:59h, 31 January
Beautiful devotional, Talia! Thanks for teaching me about the name Eliohim, which I did not know.
Karen WilliamsPosted at 07:24h, 31 January
Thank you for connecting God and all his beautiful creation!
Barb HarringtonPosted at 07:36h, 31 January
Thank you Talia for your devotion today.We have an AWESOME CREATOR!! I’m with Julie P on not knowing the name “Elohim”so thank you!!!!!
Lou DeYennoPosted at 08:09h, 31 January
Every morning I take my first sip of water and marvel at what it is. It is so plentiful and yet so unique. It is the human water of life created by our God. Without it we couldn’t exist. So each and every morning, I take my first sip to honor and thank God. My next 3 sips honor God the Father, the Holy Spirit and the Son of God and lastly, I drink 7 sips to remember God’s creations.
Andrea KnightPosted at 10:29h, 31 January
I love this! Thank you for sharing.
Rachelle CarmenucciPosted at 07:16h, 01 February
So appreciate your post regarding water and the true blessing it is! And to be so thankful for this wonderful gift! It’s no coincidence that Jesus says He is the living water because just like we need water to live we truly need Jesus to really live! Thank you!
Alfred R CeaserPosted at 09:26h, 31 January
Thank you for your beautiful post. May the God who creates all things Elohim guide your steps!
Joy ShepeardPosted at 09:37h, 31 January
Thank you for revealing God’s love for us… It feels my heart every time i hear how much He love’s me… That was truly a blessing… Praise Elohim the creator of all things.
William SmithPosted at 09:45h, 31 January
Andrea KnightPosted at 10:28h, 31 January
Thank you for sharing this amazing devotional.
Judith JoinvillePosted at 10:30h, 31 January
Thank you Talia for reminding us of our great Creator Elohim. May He guide us all.
Valerie Lindsay SmithPosted at 12:02h, 31 January
I love admiring God’s creations. The best way for me to relax on warm days is on the back of my husband’s motorcycle. We like to ride on the back roads and I just watch the landscapes and insects doing their work and think how awesome God is. I also pray while we ride telling God how beautiful and comforting his works are and thanking him for them.
Talia WoodardPosted at 22:19h, 31 January
Thanks for sharing how you were inspired by today’s devotional. Can’t wait to read another one tomorrow……
Brenda SotoPosted at 05:29h, 01 February
Thank you for reminding me who brings order to our chaos 🙏.