Without Form

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Last time, I introduced Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. Did you go out and buy your copy? If so, pick it up with me and find “formless” with me. If not, no need to fret. You can jump over to Strong’s website and find it.

In the NASB, the translators chose the words “formless” and “void” to describe the state of earth at the beginning; whereas, the KJV rendering uses the words “without form” and “void.” Since I have Strong’s based on KJV, I look up the word “form” and find the number 8414.

Now that we have the number, we can look it up in the Hebrew dictionary. Again, if you don’t have a hard copy, Strong’s website offers an abbreviated list of definitions.

When I look up the number, I find the Hebrew primitive root word tohuw, (pronounced to’-hoo). Root words are the trunk from which word families grow. With this word, we cut right to the source.

At this point, it’s important to look at the definitions and translatable synonyms within the context of the passage we’re interrogating. One way to do this is to read the passage several times before looking up the words. Another way is to use your imagination to place yourself in the scene.

In this case, imagine again the Spirit of God hovering over the earth in its preformed state. Remember as you read the following list, we’re on a quest to find the richest words, the sounds, the feel of the moment:

To lie waste; a desolation (of surface); i.e. a desert; figuratively a worthless thing.

Immediately a picture forms. This is an abandoned place. This is the outback…a place where no one goes unless they’ve been called to go there. Very few people will notice anything of value here. I can hear the developers now:

“Can’t build here. Nothing will grow. No one will buy.”

Juxtaposed to this scene, we have God who sees something entirely different. Rather than abandoning it, He chooses to hover over like a mother hen watches over her nest of eggs. What does He see that the others cannot see?

That alone is sufficient cause to worship. Let’s see what else we can discover by digging deeper into the word. Here is a list of translatable synonyms:

confusion, empty place, without form, nothing, (thing of) nought, vain, vanity, waste, wilderness

This list reminds me of my own thoughts today. Confusion feels bad to me. I like to know exactly what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. I don’t like aimless wondering and wandering, yet many of my days feel exactly like the nothingness described in this list.

What a relief it is to know that when God encounters wilderness, He hovers there and dreams (Isaiah 35). He hovers over the vast wasteland of my purpose, my destiny, my mundane moments. And my mind returns once again to center: To the sounds of children happily playing in the other room, to the birdsong floating in through the open window, to the steady clacking of keys spelling out words.

And with this image firmly rooted in my mind, I breathe in peace.

Will you take a minute to let me know which word in this list allows you to breathe in peace today?

In Peace & Joy,

Angela

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The One Thing

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The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. ~Genesis 1:2

Last time, I made mention of The One Thing which has set me free to creatively explore God’s Word with freedom from guilt or fear. That one thing is LOVE.

Just as the earth laid formless and void in the darkness, I also laid dark and formless over these past couple of years. Some of you have read about my journey out of chronic pain and fibromyalgia, others of you have walked with me through this journey, and still others of you are walking through your own dark days.

I assure you, just as Light poured forth into the darkness of those first days, so the Light of Love will pour into your dark crevices. As we unlock this verse to find the way that Love formed the earth, I pray His Spirit will awaken your spirit to the foundations His Love has laid in your heart, as well.

For now, I encourage you to go back to the verse and allow yourself to imagine what the darkness of the deep looked like to the God of Love as He hovered over it all.

When you picture God’s Spirit moving over the waters, what do you see?

I see a Peace; an overwhelmingly gentle Presence thinking deep and glorious thoughts about what would soon come forth. I feel the electric expectancy within His heart as He planned just how those waters would merge together to bring forth life on the earth.

I close my eyes and realize that today I’m not so afraid of the formless voids that remain in my heart, for I know that His Spirit must be hovering over them with the same peace and gentleness. I am assured that beauty will soon emerge where there are now pain and ashes.

If you have a minute, I would love to hear what you picture when you meditate on this verse. Leave me a comment, will you?

In Peace & Joy,

Angela

The Dawn of Time Breaks Forth in Light

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A crack split the air, and light poured in like liquid gold, flooding the space with warmth and electric energy. God declared over the light with ecstatic joy, “I like this!” He drew a boundary between the light and the dark. Night and Day emerged, and the first day passed. (My Paraphrase of Genesis 1:3-5)

On the first day of time, God called forth LIGHT.

Somewhere in the Bible I’m pretty sure I’ve read that God is light. Did He, then, call forth Himself into the earth?

I picture Him stepping into time with a great and glorious display of all He is and all He brings.

Light is energy, pure and bright; the fastest force in the universe. And this our God, who is the greatest source of power, strength, and might, created such a magnificent setting for us.

Who are we that He is mindful of us?

We are His precious children, forged in the bowels of His omniscient mind, brought forth in our proper time.

And yet, on this first day of time, we remained yet a speck in His beautiful mind.

He relished the emergence of night and day as good for man. It was good because it would nourish us, comfort us, and bring forth fruit for us to enjoy as both pleasure and sustenance.

Imagine with me the warmth and joy of that first day when light poured forth. I’d love to hear what you think it must have been like on that day. Will you leave me a comment?

In Peace & Joy,

~Angela