"Formless and void," in the Hebrew, means "dark and full of chaos." This is the one verse that allows, theologically, for a season of "millions of years" that Carl Sagan and other scientists allude to, in regards to the earth's existence. This would mean the earth could have been here in a state of darkness and chaos, and God said, "Let there be light," and order came... and the creation of the world, as we know it, came into being.
Notice the "Spirit of the Lord is moving over the surface of the waters." The imagery here is of a bird, flapping its wings and hovering over where it will land ... like the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus like a dove when He was baptized in the Jordan River (see Luke 3:21-22). Here is God's presence, in the Beginning - waiting to find the place to land - and He is stirring things up over the surface of the waters. Hovering ... waiting ... for just the right moment to touch ground and change the entire situation of darkness and chaos, into a place where God's miracle power can go to work!
Then God says, "Let there be light" ... and a holy separation occurs between light and darkness. And notice: The sun and moon aren't mentioned until a few verses later (In Genesis 1:14!) Could it be this is a separation on the earth between where the Kingdom of Light (the Kingdom of God) existed and where the kingdom of darkness would be pushed back?
From this point on, there is divine order that enters the world (separation of light from darkness, of land and sea) ... there is new creation of plants and animals, and this beautiful world is re-made into something wonderful that are enjoying (howbeit, even now, in a fallen state) ... and man and woman are created to tend the garden, while ruling and having dominion of His creation. God is going to work and making something miraculously beautiful, where once there was darkness and chaos.
What would something like this mean to you and me?
- God loves to come to dark and chaotic places and bring order and new life... HIS life... into that very place.
- His Spirit is hovering and waiting for a place to land - waiting for the welcoming moment for such a miracle work like this to occur.
- Could it be that the dark and chaotic place we are sensing, is actually a place of stirring as we are under the "hovering wings of the dove" of the Holy Spirit ... and the shifting in our lives could actually mean big changes from the Lord are soon to take place?
This message gives me hope. And, if you are in a place of "darkness and chaos" in your life, call upon Jesus - the presence of God - to come in and bring divine order and blessing into your situation. Invite Him in to bring a change! And, if this is you...
Hang on ... hang on ... the minute you invite Him in, God's gonna make something beautiful in, around, and through your life. It's coming!