Where Did I Come From?
Most of us wonder where we really came from…before our parents, before our grandparents, before our great-grandparents, before our great-great-grandparents, and on and on. Jesus knows. Let’s read it in the Bible.
Can I know where I came from? Yes. The Bible says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27, NIV). The Bible says you came from God Himself – not from some monkey evolving over millions of years.
How did this world get here and how long did it take? The Bible says, “In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy” (Exodus 20:11, NIV). God created our world and everything in it in six days, then rested on the seventh day. So it took one week – seven days – for our world to come into being through God’s creative power.
How did God create the world and everything in it? The Bible says, “He [God] merely spoke, and the heavens were formed, and all the galaxies of stars….For when he but spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command!” (Psalm 33:6, 9, TLB). All God had to do was speak, and it was done!
Through whom did God create all things? The Bible says, “By him [Jesus] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him” (Colossians 1:16, NIV). Jesus, the One who came to be our Savior by dying for us on the cross – is the One who created us and our world and everything in it.
God created the world and the animals and the stars, but what about humans? Did God make them too? Yes, He did. The Bible says, “When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them ‘man’” (Genesis 5:1, 2, NIV).
Not only were you created by God, He made you in His own image! The Bible says, “So God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27, NIV). Human beings were the crowning act of God’s creation. He made us in His own image. That makes you special!
What job was man given to do? The Bible says, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground’” (Genesis 1:26, NIV).
“When I look up into the night skies and see the work of your fingers – the moon and the stars you have made – I cannot understand how you can bother with mere puny man, to pay any attention to him! And yet you have made him only a little lower than the angels, and placed a crown of glory and honor upon his head” (Psalm 8:3-6, TLB) God has placed human beings in charge of the world He created. Our job is to care for His creation as good managers.
Just how did God go about making the first man and woman? The Bible says, “The time came when the Lord God formed a man’s body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life. And man became a living person….Then the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and took one of his ribs and closed up the place from which he had removed it, and made the rib into a woman, and brought her to the man’ (Genesis 2:7, 21, 22, TLB). God’s formula for creating Adam, the first man, was dust (dirt) formed into a human image plus the life-giving breath of God. The result was a living person. Then God made Eve, the first woman, from a rib taken from Adam.
Every person has been made by God. The Bible says, “Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands” (Psalm 119:73, NIV).
You were shaped by God, who designed all the parts of your body to function perfectly. The Bible says, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous – and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your Book!” (Psalm 139:13-16, TLB).
God, your Creator, knows you very well – your thoughts, your activities, your every move. The Bible says, “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me, and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment, you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it” (Psalm 139:1-4, TLB). God knows everything there is to know about you – and He loves you!
God even know the number of hairs on your head. The Bible says, “Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30, NIV).
Because God knows you so well, He loves you and nothing can separate you from His love. The Bible says, “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his [God’s] love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are – high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean – nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us: (Romans 8:38, 39, TLB).