I have been considering how God has revealed Himself to me through His Names over the last couple of weeks. One of His Names is Elohim. It is the name He used in Genesis 1 to Genesis 2. God created the heavens and the earth, and light, and everything, including you and me. And everything he created, He noted was good, except mankind, and that was VERY GOOD. Consider some implications.
God, in creating, takes responsibility for all He has created. That takes a great deal of pressure off me, if I will believe it. My tendency is to fret a bit. Well, maybe a LOT. Fear often leads to frozen inaction. And inaction is a terrible manifestation of faith.
If I do nothing, then I can’t do it wrong. Right? Not exactly. Faith will always lead to action. Victories are rarely won playing defense.
Too many football games are played that way! Teams play “not to lose” rather than “play to win.” So, If God’s purpose is goodness (everything He created was good), don’t you think He wants us to live sharing and doing His will-which He has already purposed and creates, and not protecting the victory He has already determined?
God also restores what has been laid waste. In Genesis 1:2, we read of the “formless and void” actually basically means “the waste or garbage dump.” I doubt you could live at the garbage dump. This earth was uninhabitable.
Tony Evans points out that somewhere between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2, the earth became a waste dump. Perhaps it was when Satan was cast out of heaven. The earth was a wasteland, and God brought order to it.
Maybe your life, like mine, gets chaotic and directionless, because Satan has taken hold. The wonderful thing about God is that He wants to take our wasted lives and make us useful. His glory becomes unmistakable. And joy fills our souls.
Thank you Lord, for creating in me a clean heart.