Genesis 1:1 tells us God had just created the heavens and the earth. The next verse (1:2), we read, “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
FORMLESS and EMPTY
The Hebrew words for formless and empty in Genesis 1:2 indicate a feeling of:
- without structure
- without form
- without beauty
He created! Yet, He wasn’t finished! He always finishes what He starts. Philippians 1:6, “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (NLT).
Do you have any areas of your life that are empty? Do you feel like you are drowning in chaos? Are you being swallowed up in confusion?
The next few verses we read about the Creative Spirit of God gently and gradually calling forth what existed but was not yet developed in the heavens and the earth. He created it. I picture it as a lump of clay ready for the potter to mold it and shape it into something beautiful. He knew the dormant potential within the original creation. He knows the potential of what is in your chaos, emptiness and confusion. Trust Him!
It says the Spirit of God was hovering. The word “hovering” in Genesis 1:2 means to brood. He was brooding over the chaos. It is the same word used in Deuteronomy 32:11, which says, “Like an eagle that rouses her chicks and hovers over young, so he spread his wings to take them up and carried them safely on his pinions.”
The eagle rouses the eaglets. “It’s time to do something new. It’s time to learn to fly!”
The Creative Spirit of God was getting ready to call out those things that were not as though they were. He is tenderly watching over those areas to bring forth something beautiful. Deuteronomy 32:11 is often considered Moses’ “Song of Deliverance.” God roused the Israelites to the thought that it was time for them to leave Egypt. It was time to do something new. Egyptian bondage was all they had ever known. Their future was uncertain and unknown. Living in Egypt, although difficult, was familiar. But God was calling them out. It was time to learn to fly!
How many times have we fearfully stayed in what was familiar because God was calling us to something unknown?
The Spirit of the Lord is hovering over the chaos in our lives. He is calling us out of our slumber, our “Egypt” and our self-life. The Spirit of the Lord is saying to you, “C’mon, it’s time. Let’s learn to fly. It’s time for something new. I am bringing order out of your chaos. I am bringing structure and beauty to your life. I have called you out of Egypt. I brought you into the wilderness. Let’s learn to fly.”
God is stirring up my nest and teaching me not to rely on myself. He’s asking me to do things that are not exactly in my comfort zone. He’s asking me to trust Him while He teaches me to fly.
What areas do you feel God is stirring up your nest and getting ready to teach you how to fly?