In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
We have probably all read the first verses of the Bible many times. But in glossing over them, we miss the enormous impact of the truth they contain. They are the first piece of information God chose to give us. How did God first choose to reveal Himself? As a Creator.
The Genesis author didn’t give the date when the creation story began, but he did make sure every reader knew that God, not some impersonal force or Mother Nature, was in charge. The special Hebrew word for “created” is only used when God makes or does something not done before. He described the earth as formless and void, without usable form or content and unfit for habitation by human or animal.
God sees the potential in human lives, and He has the power to bring good into those lives. God doesn’t just work with mud or atoms or planets. God works with lives and moments and years. He has the foresight to see what a person or group of believers can become. He has the power to bring order out of chaos, giving purpose and meaning to life. Most importantly, God does good work.
- In what circumstances does life feel empty and formless, like the earth was in the beginning?
- Just as God made the earth sustainable, how does He transform our empty and formless lives?
- Praise God for His good work.