While starting a study of Genesis 1 today I came across this definition for the word “formless” in verse 2: Tohuw: formlessness, confusion, unreality, emptiness; nothingness, empty space; that which is empty or unreal (of idols) (fig); wasteland, wilderness (of solitary places); place of chaos; vanity (http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/hebrew/nas/tohuw.html).
Isn’t it interesting that even from the beginning of time God has used places of confusion, unreality, emptiness, nothingness, idolatry, wasteland, loneliness, chaos and vanity in order to bring about His creation? How often have we struggled to believe that God could possibly bring out of our current chaos anything as beautiful as the world He has placed on display? … Ever thought that your marriage was defined as “tohuw” – empty space? … How about those times when we have placed our hopes in the non-reality of modern day idols (success, riches, name recognition, power, being one of the “beautiful people”, or even the drive to have a dynamic ministry) … What if instead of the doom and gloom of today’s wilderness we grabbed hold of what God is about to do out of our weariness in the wasteland? What if we believed that tomorrow He would create a “new thing” out of that very same emptiness we feel today?
Robyn just added as I read this to her, “… and it might not look at all what we had expected”.
So, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you” (Joshua 3.5).
Lord, give us new vision of what tomorrow holds. Would You consecrate and make holy the very things that point out our empty and shallow ways. May You take what was intended for evil and desolation and transform it into what will bring You fame and mature us into Your image all at the same time.
“And God saw that it was good.”