January 2024 Mind of the Missionary

“In the beginning God…” (Genesis 1:1)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”  (John 1:1-2)


What powerful statements we see in Genesis 1 and John 1. God and His Son, Jesus, were in the beginning. As we read further in Genesis 1, we notice that the Holy Spirit is present, too. The triune God present in the beginning. I read the footnote in my Bible which said, “It was never in question that God didn’t exist before the creation”. In other words, God was present and always has been present. WOW!! God has always been. For my finite mind, this is hard to comprehend. Everything must have a beginning point?! NO, God just is! There’s nothing to argue about…either God has always been or He hasn’t. Moses didn’t doubt it when he penned these words,  should we? And what is the far-reaching meaning of God’s omnipresence or His always being with us?

Honestly, I can’t give you the deep theological answers, but I can say this…”God (Jesus Christ) is the same yesterday, today, and forever”. (Hebrews 13:8) There is no change. There is no variation. James states, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows”. (James 1:17) We, who are finite, who are mortal, who change can trust our Lord to remain the same.

In these days of uncertainty, there is one thing that is certain…God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He does not change and remains the same. Personally, this gives me hope for the year ahead. It doesn’t matter what all the “talking heads” say or don’t say, I will remain planted by the Lord Jesus Christ. I encourage you to be certain and without a doubt of not only who God is but also what He means to you. Through your certainty in Him, you can face any calamity, difficulty, or problem which comes your way.


Happy New Year!

Bro. Lyle