Genesis 1:1-2 (GNT)
1 In the beginning, when God began to create the universe, 2 the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Spirit of God was moving over the water.
Quite a start. The Spirit of God was moving across the water. The earth was formless and desolate – empty, absolute blackness. Absolute blackness because there’s no light – no light anywhere. Not here, not there, no stars, nothing. Blackness, cold, yet something is stirring, there’s something special because the water is water even though there’s no heat anywhere. The Spirit of God.
Over the next seven days (days, years, millions of years, seconds – who really knows?) it all changed. There was light, there was land, there was purpose, there was warmth.
What an amazing change in events. It all started someplace, sometime. That should be enough to get us amazed.
Isaiah 57:11-13 (MSG)
11-13 “Who talked you into the pursuit of this nonsense, leaving me high and dry, forgetting you ever knew me? Because I don’t yell and make a scene do you think I don’t exist? I’ll go over, detail by detail, all your ‘righteous’ attempts at religion, and expose the absurdity of it all….”
Righteous attempts at religion. We create our own versions, forgetting who God is, the power of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God. We get blown away when our world crumbles even when he tells us why. 13 “…Go ahead, cry for help to your collection of no-gods: A good wind will blow them away. They’re smoke, nothing but smoke.”
Several centuries later, what’s changed? We have all these gods laying around that aren’t helping much in our lives. Yes, progress is being made on improving the human side. The amount of people living in abject poverty is decreasing largely through the work of NGO’s like World Vision and Care. Charitable giving is high. But, what about in our spiritual lives? What do we do when our foundations are rocked?
Our lives, unless centered on eternity, are smoke. We struggle for meaning, for purpose. It’s not new. Read Ecclesiastes for Solomon’s wisdom – the wisest man ever, right?
2 Corinthians 5 (NIV)
5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
44 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
We have the answer. The answer has been given to us in the one continuous story of God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. Look for light, peace, reason, purpose, warmth in the power of the Creator as we live in the raging oceans of the world. Come to dry land.