Monday, August 29, 2011

First Things First

Gen. 1:1-2 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And 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."

The first two things God wants us to know about Him are these: 1) even in the darkest places, where there is nothing--absolutely nothing--good or light or worthwhile, He is there; and 2) He can create life from nothingness.

Do you ever feel like you life is formless and void? Like your marriage is full of nothingness? Your soul is a pit of darkness? Even there, God is with you. Ps. 139:7, 11-12 "Where can I go from Thy Spirit?...If I say, 'Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night,' even  the darkness is not dark to Thee, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to Thee."

Maybe it's your own, stupid fault you are in this deep, dark pit. What about then? Surely, if you deserve it, God isn't there. Wrong! Take it from the guy who wrote the above verse in Psalms.

David messed up big time. He didn't go to war with his army like he was supposed to do. Instead, he's peeping over rooftops at naked women. He spies Bathsheba, has her brought to him so he can have sex with her, and when she comes back later to tell him she's pregnant (and there ain't no way it's anyone but David's because her husband is off at war), David has the husband killed so he can marry Bathsheba and try to make the baby legitimate. While that child died, do you know what other child came from their union? Solomon. The richest, wisest ruler who reined during Israel's heyday. The one who built the Temple of God. This guy was only alive because of a marriage founded on lust, adultery, deception and murder, and he is the greatest King Israel ever had...the one whom God entrusted to build His center of worship.

There is nowhere you can be where God is not with you, even in the depths of hell, He is there (Ps. 139:8). There is nothing so dark He cannot see you through it. There is nothing you have done which He cannot take and turn into beautiful worship. There is no dryness of soul, no barrenness of feeling, no void of emotion He cannot take and, from it, create life.

Abundant life.

Life everlasting.

For in the beginning God created, and He is still creating today.

Until next time,

1 comment:

  1. A very powerful study Becca. Amazing that David was a "man after God's own heart." It just proves the potter can take the most void and formless being and make a beautiful vessel out of it... Thank you for blessing me today!


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