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

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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 known. God lives in eternity. He 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 writes:

“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).

Therefore, although humans don’t know what really happened before creation,  we can be sure that God 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. 

In His service,

The BibleAsk Team

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