On Wednesday I was leading chapel for the lower school kids at Woodlands Christian. We started a study on the different names of God. The very first name that is given for God in the Bible is Elohim, the God above all Gods, the Creator of everything. The Bible opens up with these words, ‘1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.’ What’s interesting about the creation story is that the first thing God creates in the beginning is the heavens and a formless, chaotic, empty and dark earth. Then in verse three the days of Creation begin with the spoken words from God’s mouth, ‘Let there be light.’
Verse 2 is like this picture of a world absent from God. It’s like this little pause in the story that shows a contrast to what is about to happen at Creation. Think about sin. Sin is the opposite of God and His ways. When we follow the path of selfishness and sin it leads towards chaos, darkness and emptiness just like the earth in verse 2. When we follow God’s path we begin to discover Elohim the God of creation who brings form, light, life and meaning to our life. As Genesis 1 unfolds God speaks light into the darkness, order into the chaos, and life and meaning into the emptiness. Jesus is Elohim come to earth. In Jesus, the new creation has begun. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says ’17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!’ We bring our chaotic, empty, and sin-darkened lives to Christ and He changes us and begins a new creative work in our hearts. He brings light where there was darkness, life where there was death, and meaning where there was emptiness. Praise God for His awesome and wondrous works of creation and re-creation!