Turn your Bible back to the beginning with me.
Back to Genesis 1.
What comes to your mind when you think of God prior to creation?
His Name – I Am – tells us He Is. And we know—being eternal—that He always was.
Always has been, always will be.
But is that it?
Do you just think that I Am merely was? That He existed only?
But He not only was . . . He was doing! He was active!
I tried to talk this out with my dear friend, as we lapped the church grounds.
Do we often think that since there was nothing but God there was nothing for Him to do? That before anything was, there was no need for verbs?
Wrong! How limited my thinking! Carefully look closely at Genesis 1:2 . . .
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” [Gn 1:1-2 ESV, emph added]
Note that verb that resonates volumes. God was active . . . involved . . . from the beginning. For God was “hovering.” Over and above the surging abyss, He moved.
God was active in the vast, black void. He was hovering over the face of the deep.
He Is, yes! But even more so, He is active. He was involved then. And, He is now.
Are you in troubled waters where you question God’s working and activity in your life?
Do you feel lost in the vast, black void – distant from any interaction with the God of creation?
Are you in over your head in a senseless surging abyss? Afraid the churning deep is impassable by the God of the universe?
Know this: He is hovering nearby. He is present. He is doing.
He is the I Am . . . eternally involved with all He has made.
After the resurrection, the disciples in Jerusalem did not see Jesus as He communed with those that walked the Emmaus road. And we don’t see Jesus now, or have evidence of His activity, but faith confirms He is indeed b-u-s-y.
The Spirit hovering over the deep at creation is the same Spirit that inhabits every baptized believer in Christ. If you have received Him, there is no empty, formless void within you.
God will always be. And He will always be doing, don’t you think?
Elohim; You are infinitely greater than all You have created. Though hovering unseen, You are. Just as you created beauty and order from a formless, watery deep, You are able to do the same with my life. I trust You to eternally be doing what is good and best.
Reposted from the Archives
I revisited this after reading Gen 1 again yesterday
(it's one of my personal faves)