The waters of creation

Date: Monday, May 12

ScriptureGenesis 1:1-13

Verse: the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2)

half_fullIs the glass half-full or half-empty? Depending on  your answer, you may be labeled an optimist or a pessimist. The glass, of course, represents our world and the contents of the glass represent good and evil. The question for us people of faith is, “Do we see the Kingdom of God present in our chaotic world? or Do we see evil destroying our perfect world? Is the glass half-filled with the Kingdom of God, or half-empty with evil?

When the Bible opens we find two things in the world — darkness and water. In the ancient world, both of these were frequently used as symbols of chaos, even evil. So when God sets to work to create the world, the first things he does on those first 3 days of Creation, is to gather and control the chaos and evil. Into the darkness God brings light, gathering the darkness into a time period called night. Then God sets about gathering the waters. Some of the waters he puts above the earth (Day 2), some of the water he puts under the earth,  and the rest of the water he gathers together in what are called seas, and dry land is formed. Notice how throughout this period of creation, God is setting boundaries around the evil and chaos. In Genesis 1 it appears the answer to our half-full/half-empty question is that we are blessed to have God’s kingdom present in our chaotic world.

Sometimes our world can be chaotic. Stuff doesn’t go as planned, things fall apart, relationships disintegrate, savings are lost in the stock market, people get sick, accidents happen, and we wonder where God is in the midst of all the evil. We ask ourselves why the world seems to be such a mess. But in the midst of the mess there is hope. God is with us. In verse two, when the world is nothing but darkness and water, evil and chaos, God’s wind, His spirit, HIs presence is there. Yes, God is with us, even when the glass seems to be half empty.

Prayer: Teach me, O God, to see you at work in all circumstances, even the chaotic stuff. Amen.

Action: Retrain yourself to look for the Kingdom when you’re experiencing the chaos. When your thoughts go negative, pray for eyes to see God’s spirit moving across the face of the waters.

Respond: Are you a half-full or half-empty kind of person? When have you had your way of thinking turned upside down?

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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2 Responses to The waters of creation

  1. Lisa says:

    I am generally an optimist, sometimes to a fault – not being able to finally see that plans need to be adjusted because Plan A is not going to work. But I’m a good group support person and cheerleader (of sorts) because of that. Not fake cheering, but real encouragement and tangible help.

    It is ironic that I should have this role, since as I was growing up I had one alcoholic parent which made it hard to have a normal life and friendships and spontenaity. Addictions like that are a terribly personal form of chaos, and they are one that is hard to commiserate with others about since it’s so painful but private and hidden, as opposed to something like the hundreds of Niigerian girls getting abducted or the South Korean ferry boat accident, which at least can be mourned and processed in public.

  2. Joe Iovino says:

    What a great ministry of encouragement to come from a private struggle.

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