in the beginning,
God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was light.
So this is how the Bible begins. It starts with nothingness, the beginning of time and space. Before all that, God was still there. I close my eyes and imagine what it means for there to be nothing, An earth that was ‘formless and empty’. This is the world’s ultrasound, nothing but an idea waiting to be spoken. An endless possibility of what could be. A thought aligned, a decision made. It’s size, the colours, it’s inhabitants and all the history of the universe disguised in darkness.
‘The surface of the deep.’ The imagery portrayed almost unfathomable. A void waiting to be filled. A glimpse into the sheer creativity of the mind of a God who is able to create form from the formless, order from disorder.
‘The Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the deep’. I imagine in these moments, He was seeing it all. Trees, animals, Adam and Eve, You and I. A journey, the complexities of life and what it would all mean. The joy but also the pain. I believe in these moments, He saw it all. He hovered over His blank canvas, took a deep breath and said: “Let there be light” and so began the beginning of all that is.
There is so much to be learned from this short passage I don’t know where to start.
I want to talk about dreams, God created us in His own image (see Genesis 1:27) He has given us such vast minds. We too are able to create something out of nothing. All I am writing started as a blank page. Through the nothingness, I was presented with endless possibilities on what to write, how to write it etc. I was given a canvas where I can express my creativity.
The earth started out formless and empty, an abyss. Regardless, God saw potential. He saw everything it could be and moved in that direction. From the first chapter of the first book of the Bible, God gives us an image of how He wants us to live. To have a vision and although everything and everyone around you says it’s impossible, even when your own eyes tell you it’s unfeasible, you go for it anyway. Walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)
I want to draw the comparison of the spirit of God hovering over the surface of the deep, to us sitting in imagination. When I see the word hovering, I think of a calm and collected demeanour. Examining all that He had to work with (which was nothing) and knowing the power and authority He had within Him (which was all He needed). We have to dream big, no matter how impossible it seems. Ephesians 3:20 says: Now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we can ask or think according to the power at work within us.
Through Christ, we too have been graced with an incomprehensible power. When we sit in a state of dreaming, we should have the confidence to be calm, to be able to say that nothing is too big for the God I serve.
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?”
Then God spoke. “Let there be light” and there still is. A word He spoke sustained since the beginning of time. That power. That’s the one that lives in me. Refine me like silver and test me like gold (see Zachariah 13:9), baptise me with your Spirit and fire (see Luke 3:16), search me, LORD, know my heart (Psalm 139:23) for I want to look more like you.
As I was meditating on this scripture, I found it peculiar that the first word that God spoke in the entire Bible was “Let”. He could have just said “light” and it would exist.
Let (Verb) – Not prevent or forbid; allow.
(Oxford Dictionaries | English, 2019)
Synonyms: Enable, Allow, Permit.
By God using the word “let”, He is giving permission to the world to change in the way He commands it to. This reveals a value He must hold. As I ponder why He would have spoken permission into the world before anything else, I realise that its because God will never move in our lives if we don’t allow Him to do so.
We, as individuals, have to be willing to perform the will of God. He will never force bless us. From this passage, I believe this is because God values permission and we are made in His image. Just as He gave the earth permission to change, we have to give Him permission to change us.
A verb is a ‘doing word’ so there is action involved (running, talking, etc.) Let is a verb meaning that permission is active. “Let there be light, and there was light”, the permission was given and therefore an action was made. This gives us an idea of of how God works in our lives, we give Him permission and He moves. “And there was light”, there is no delay, it doesn’t happen a day or week later we ask and He answers (Even if you don’t feel it at that moment, trust that He hears you).
Think about it, you say the salvation prayer (Detailed below) therefore, you let Jesus enter your life and He does. We let God begin a good work in us, and He begins His work of art. There is no delay.
God continues to say “Let there be…” throughout the rest of the creation of the earth, He gives a new permission every day, we must continually incline our hearts towards Jesus and continue to allow Him to perform good works in us and through us.
Reflect on this:
God values permission. We are His creation and He asks us permission before He does anything in our lives. He shows us grace and mercy, His compassions are new every morning (see Lamentations 3:23).
We have to stop accepting people doing things to us without our explicit permission. We are worth too much for that. You deserve a say on what you tolerate in life and if God asks for your permission, who is man to think they can do otherwise.
The reason I bring up permission in the context of dreams is we say that we want great things in life but we don’t allow God to work on us. Nothing is a straight path, things will get complicated, frustrating and confusing, but we serve the God who knows the end from the beginning. You have to keep going, blindly if need be, trust that He has seen this before and that He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). Then you will be able to witness true light in your life.
Isn’t the word of God so powerful, every detail tells you something. Meditate on His word. Read it over and over and ask Him what He wants you to know from what He has written. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Through Jesus, we are promised heaven. We are promised an eternity spent with the one who is love its self. To be face to face with the one who created you and I, the stars and the sea. The Holy Spirit, also known as the advocate comes to live within us providing us with an endless flow of love, peace and power from The Creator.
God is gracious, He has given us a sure way into the kingdom. Jesus died because the punishment for sin is death (We all sin, its a part of human nature). So, God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we can be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21). He was sacrificed, bore the punishment we deserved, but He was raised to life again and is at the right hand of God interceding for us (see Romans 8:34) Now, because of Him, we get to live in joy, peace and love. However, this is a life you have to choose.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is LORD” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)
So, if this is a choice you want to make, here’s a little prayer you can say out loud:
God, I know I have sinned,
But I also know that your love is bigger than it all.
Jesus, in you, I am forgiven
and today I want to receive all that you have for me.
So, Jesus, I confess with my mouth,
that you alone are LORD
No one above or before you.
I believe in my heart,
That you died for my sins
and on the third day,
God raised you from the dead.
For this, Jesus,
I am forever grateful.
If you have made this choice today I can honestly say, it is the best one you have ever made.
Now, where ever you are, drop me an email, I would love to say congratulations! Further, try finding a church or anyone who you can talk to, its always best to walk this journey with other people. God bless you greatly.
I’m so happy for you, seriously!
Collinsdictionary.com. (2019). Let Synonyms | Collins English Thesaurus. [online] Available at: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english-thesaurus/let [Accessed 8 Feb. 2019].
Oxford Dictionaries | English. (2019). let | Definition of let in English by Oxford Dictionaries. [online] Available at: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/let [Accessed 8 Feb. 2019].