Something from Nothing: Although Christians may disagree about how God went about creating the world, we agree that he went about creating it. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  As Creator, the one triune God—that is, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit—is the origin of all creation: “For from him and through him and to him are all things.” 
Command and Creation: The great mystery of creation is how something came from nothing. According to Genesis, God brought forth creation by speaking. Similarly, the Psalmist writes, “He commanded and they were created.”  Likewise, Paul says that God “calls into being that which does not exist.”  God’s speech is so powerful that, when he speaks into nothingness, he brings forth its obedience and something comes from nothing: “The worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” 
Moment by Moment: Not only does God’s word bring forth life, it also holds all life together moment by moment. Christ “upholds all things by the word of his power.”  The only thing, therefore, that keeps our bodies and souls daily from slipping into nothingness is his mighty command, “Exist!”  As Ecclesiastes says, “the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” 
Ownership Inferred: Since God is Creator and Sustainer, he is also Owner. The Bible infers ownership from creation: “The sea is his, for it was he who made it”  or “The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours; the world and all it contains, you have founded them.” 
Prayer: Lord, We may be owners of things in relation to one another, but we own nothing in relation to you; we are stewards of your creation, tenants of your estate. All of our income—not just our tithes—and possessions belong to you. Indeed, even our bodies and souls are yours and, since we are the clay and you are the potter, you have the right to mold us as you please. Yet we confess that, when it comes to our expenditures and resources, we often set about achieving our own purposes. We exceed the scope of our stewardship and tenancy. Forgive us and cause us to see everything we own as that which belongs to you. Make us faithful stewards and tenants. Amen.
M’Cheyne Weekend Readings:
 Genesis 1:1 |  Romans 11:36 |  Psalm 148:5 |  Romans 4:17 |  Hebrews 11:3 |  Hebrews 1:3 | See Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3; Psalm 104:29, 30; Isaiah 45:9. | Ecclesiastes 12:1 ESV |  Psalm 95:5 |  Psalm 89:11