A little girl once asked in Sunday School, “Where does God come from?” The question was asked during an unrelated Bible story in the book of Daniel. Yet the question was so relevant and “on-topic” for this child because to understand the Bible story, she wanted to know the beginnings of God. It is also important for children or adults to ask this question because it means they are thinking logically.
To an atheist, everything must have a cause, therefore, God must have a cause. To them, if God needs a cause, then he isn’t God. This question reminds me of “what does black smell like?”. It’s a flawed question because God is uncreated. He simply exists. This is where faith and belief come in. One of the most famous kings in the Bible (David) stated this, “Your throne, O Lord, has been firm from the beginning, and you existed before time began.” (Psalm 93:2)
God created time, night and day, and the entire universe. Before all that, God simply existed. Not only is God’s beginning in the Old Testament, the author John confirms in the New Testament “In the beginning the Word already existed; the Word was with God, and the Word was God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him.” John 1:1-3
God IS, eternal. He did not come from anywhere since he has always been. Rather than being created, he is the CREATOR and the One who takes care of everything that we see and don’t see in this world. Nelson Price gives us this explanation to assist children in understanding this concept:
“Hold up an object such as a pencil or piece of string. Explain to the child we tend to think of beginnings and ends. Point to the two ends. A day begins and a day ends. A new year begins and an old year ends. A child is born and an elderly person dies.
With God there is no beginning or ending.
Hold up a ring in such a way that the child can see through it. Then ask, “Where is the beginning and end of the ring?” Rings don’t have beginnings and endings. Neither does God. He just always has been.” (Nelson Price)
The very first 2 verses in the Bible give us a brief glimpse into the beginning of everything. “In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Spirit of God was moving over the water.” King David says again in Psalm 90:1-2 “Lord, through all the generations you have been our home! You were there before the mountains were made. You were there before the earth was formed. You are God without beginning or end. (Psalm 90:1-2)”.
This takes belief in something you cannot see, just like germs. We know germs and wind and time exists. We just cannot see it. Ask God today to help you believe in something you cannot see. If you want to know what God is like, read about his Son Jesus. This will give you a true glimpse of what our amazing God is like”.