Words from the Heart for Wednesday January 3rd, 2018
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:2 (KJV)
The Spirit of God
We only know our earth in all of its wonder and design and amazing function. But, the Word of God lets us know that there was a time when the words “without form and void” and “darkness” described what awaited the creative power of our God. Is there a situation today that is in need of the Spirit of God to move upon it and bring change? God is able.
Present day Canada began to take form over a thousand years ago with the arrival of the Vikings. By way of Iceland and then Greenland, they eventually reached Labrador and the island of Newfoundland. The later arrival of European traders, missionaries, soldiers and colonists changed the native way of life forever. Large numbers of Aboriginals died of European diseases to which they lacked immunity. However, Aboriginals and Europeans formed strong economic, religious and military bonds in the first 200 years of coexistence, laying the foundations of Canada.
From the very beginning of the Bible we see the triune God at work in creation. The Bible begins in the first verse by saying that God created the heavens and the earth. In Hebrew, the word for God used here is Elohim, which is an interesting word because it uses a plural for God, even though the Bible clearly teaches that God is One. In the third word of the Hebrew Bible we get a picture of the nature of God and in the second verse of the Bible we are introduced to God the Holy Spirit, also involved in the act of creation. Genesis 1:2 says “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Later in the Bible, in the first chapter of the Gospel of John, we learn that it was God the Son, the second person of the trinity, Jesus, who is the creator. What a beautiful picture of Elohim, the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, at work in the creation of the world.
These have been words from the heart.