“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.” - Genesis 1:1-2 NASB
It was the picture of disorganization and uncertainty, for the world had no order. Everything was “formless and void.” The Hebrew words here suggest that there was confusion, emptiness, and waste. And it was filled with darkness.
But God changed everything. His action began as His Spirit was “moving.” The Hebrew word here is found only two other times in the Bible. The picture is of observing or watching carefully and deliberately. The Spirit of God was brooding…studying…examining…lingering. And only after this hovering did God take action and start bringing order.
Then God declared, “Let there be light.” This light illumined everything about the world, and He was pleased with the impact. He “saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”
Day after day, God continued to bring order out of chaos. And as He looked at His creation, He declared that it was “very good.”
God’s actions in creation help us understand how He approaches our lives, and the ways He can help us today. For God still brings clarity to confusion. He replaces disorganization with organization. Uncertainty is replaced by certainty. Chaos is replaced by order. Those who are aimless are given His plans. Emptiness is replaced by meaning and purpose. And any sense of darkness is replaced by His light.
Do you face any uncertainty? Are there areas of your life that feel chaotic or out of control? Commit these to the Lord. Ask Him to shine His light on the situations you face. Let Him give you His order, His plans, His peace.
PrayerFather, I commit these situations to You: ________. Thank You for bringing clarity and order. Thank You for giving me Your wisdom. Thank You for victory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Extended ReadingGenesis 1