Monday, March 6, 2017
"Sometimes the imagery used in the Bible tells us more than the words themselves.
The very first two verses of Genesis are a perfect example of this.
As God began to create the world we live in, the Hebrew writer portrayed the Spirit of God as "hovering over" the unformed and unruly mass, much like a mother bird fluttering over her brood.
The picture here is the very careful and loving attention God gives to his creation— protecting, shaping, and guiding its development.
In other words, there's no room for chance or randomness.
Everything is under his control.
As God's Spirit hovers, he extracts from the chaos perfect order, boundaries, and purpose.
This appears to be the job description of the Holy Spirit from day one up to this very day in our lives.
As he continually hovers over all our chaos and disorder— our pain, uncertainty of our future, betrayal, financial challenges, disorder, deceit, and fear—he brings out of them the ordered design that he wants for us and that he intended from the very beginning of the world.
If there is any short summary or basic message we can extract from the Bible's story of creation, it's this:
God is in charge!!
He's in charge of everything, all the time, and forever.
What greater comfort could there be for us?
God is with us.
Let's hold on to the promise—Emmanuel, God with us.
He will rescue and save us!
Ask the Holy Spirit to sweep into your heart and mind, to bring order, peace, and purpose into your need and request."
From "Your 100 Day Prayer" by Dr. John Snyder
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 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."