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Good endings are helped by good beginnings. They often go together. A competitive runner or swimmer quickly learns the importance of using the starting block effectively, and the potential it has for helping win a race.
When it comes to faith, we also need a good beginning. We need to start with the right thinking, the right focus, and the right facts.
It’s interesting that the Bible provides us the right start to our faith. The first four words in God’s letter provide us the proper starting block for life and faith. Note Genesis 1:1 (NIV) “In the beginning God … “
Think about these four words. It’s the right starting point for everything. It affirms that all of life, all we are, and all that we need is found in God. It presents God as personal to us, caring about us, and involved with us. It is a declaration that everything begins with Him, and not with us! It turns our eyes and hearts away from ourselves and upward to Him!
R.A. Torrey made this statement about this verse, “This one phrase changes the way you think about everything if you believe it.” He continued with this commentary, “Look through the microscope or telescope and you see God’s intelligent design — proof of God’s existence …“
Believing that “God is” is the foundation of faith. The inspired writer of Hebrew made this clear in Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
The psalm writer, David, was straightforward and clear when he wrote these words in Psalm 14:1 (NLT) “Only fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God.’…“
To get the right start in life, in relationships, in any and everything you think and do, start with God. The Bible starts there, and we should too!