“My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2).
Like the author of Genesis 1:1, the psalmist is offering a theological affirmation, not a scientific explanation. When it comes to the origin of the universe, the questions of “how” and “when” become an impractical pursuit for the people of God. Our presupposition of faith, that God spoke the universe into existence, not only transcends the confines of scientific explanation, it encourages even more rigorous scientific pursuit. From this perspective, we are best able to appreciate the immeasurable magnitude of God’s creative wonderment; a scope extending beyond any system rooted in our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9), and the limiting methodologies of western thought. “How” and “When” offer no comfort for the storms of life. It is the “Who” of creation that sustains.