The verse in Genesis we have been meditating on for over a week is unfolding in magnificent ways as we continue our search for God’s story to us.
When God began creating the heavens and the earth, the earth was a shapeless, chaotic mass, with the Spirit of God brooding over the dark vapors. Genesis 1:1, 2 (The Book)
We all tend to get a bit broody over the way a good day can turn shapeless and chaotic in the blind of an eye. But think about this – God’s spirit was hovering over a world of chaos; we only have our little mass to hold back. What I find overwhelmingly inspirational is that God did not fuss about the darkness; he simply said “Let there be Light.” Did you notice, not even an exclamation point was used. He simply stated what “should be” to create peace, harmony and well-being and then expected it to manifest. WOW – you could stop day one right there for me because THAT alone would make the perfect day!
When we read on we notice how God repeatedly created balance where there was imbalance – and so it was. Then they created man………..
It only took a brief time for shalom, Eden to head south. God expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden as quickly as He had breathed life into their being. Years later God expelled Cain from the fields which he had been given. All this kept going until one day when God said:
“My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years………….And the Lord was sorry that He had made man o n the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. And the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.”
And yet even in blotting them out, they are recorded; not forgotten. God is EVER mindful of us, do not ever doubt Him. We cannot wipe out our past; although many things we wish, hope and pray that they never resurface. The truth is we can banish things from our presence, but no matter how hard we try they will not completely vanish. They all exist and loom about taunting us as if scary shadows outside our window or in the corners of our rooms when we were children.
We were created in His image, perfect for a relationship with Him. But soon we were defiled, dejected and expelled. This did not happen overnight, it was a journey and we will be on a sojourn to discover the events between.
Below is a list of words we will be using in groups, think about them:
- Expel: To push out something with force, to compel somebody to leave or give up membership in an institution, to dismiss
- Defile: To corrupt or ruin something; damage a reputation or good name; destroy the sanctity of something holy or sacred; to pollute; to deprive a woman of their virginity Deject: feeling or showing sadness, lack of hope, especially because of disappointment
- Banish: to exile or send someone away; to put someone out of your mind
- Vanish: to pass out of sight; especially quickly; disappear; to pass completely from existence
I pray that we think about balance, goodness, righteousness....the very BEST day and then ask God how to help Him keep the peace.
Be Well My Friends,
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