Without form. Void. Darkness. God had created the earth, but He sure wasn’t done with it yet. Here we have the earth as an empty canvas, waiting for the Spirit of God to begin “applying the paint” to it.
The words that are used to describe our planet in its initial stage are quite interesting. It was “without form”, it was “void.” It was “dark.” These terms conjure up the image of an uninhabitable chaos, a world that lacked order. The description in the original Hebrew is so dark and vivid that some have interpreted this to mean that the world must have been judged and abandoned by God sometime between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.
But isn’t this really just an appropriate description of anything before God moves upon it? The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters and brought order out of chaos. The dark, formless, void we see in verse 2 will be declared “good” in verse 31. What a beautiful picture of what happens when God gets a hold of something!
What about your life? Is your life void and without form, filled with darkness, or has the Spirit of God moved upon you?
To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,
[This post was originally published July 8, 2009]
**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.
[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]