Where was God when heaven and earth were not yet created?

Author: BibleAsk Team

Some wonder: Where was God when heaven and earth were not yet created? Genesis tells of the creation of the earth and humans: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). But God’s activities before He began creating the heavens and the earth are not revealed in the Scriptures.

Man’s thoughts are of time, and God’s, of eternity. The Lord confirms that saying,“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

God has no beginning because He exists outside the realm of time. Time is a physical property which God created when He created the universe. God’s omnipresence and eternal nature go beyond the limitation of the human mind and understanding: David the prophet expalins:

“Where can I hide from your spirit?
From your presence, where can I flee?
If I ascend to the heavens, you are there;
if I lie down in Sheol, you are there too.
If I fly with the wings of dawn
and alight beyond the sea,
Even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand hold me fast” (Psalm 139:7-10).

Even though humans don’t know where was God when heaven and earth were not yet created, we can be sure that He was busy creating other worlds and creatures. And there is a reference to that in the Bible in the first chapter of the book of Job when God’s other creations appeared before Him for specific assemblies. “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them” (Job 1:6). The sons of God refer to angels and the other creations of God. 

Above all we can be certain that God loved His creatures even unto death. The Scriptures declare, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). There is no greater love than this (John 15:13).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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