Before God got involved in creation, it was three things: formless, empty, dark. Before God got involved in my life, it was formless, empty, and dark. But in creation, and with us…
…what was formless, God formed: Earth, “God said, ‘Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth…Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.’” (Genesis 1:6-9) You, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13) You weren’t bought at Wal-Mart. You weren’t made in a lab. You weren’t a bid on EBay. The hands of the Almighty God, in your mom’s belly, formed you together. And NO life is created accidentally, and EVERY life is created intentionally.
…what was empty, God filled: Earth, “I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—” (Genesis 1) You, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) People have emptied you because every time they assaulted you, manipulated you, used you, cheated on you, rejected you, hurt you…they emptied you. People empty; God fills. God is the author, the finisher and the filler of life. If he can fill a planet with life, He can fill lives with life. If you’ve confessed with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you are not empty despite what people have done to you. You are solid, and filled to overflowing with the glory of God!
…what was darkness, God lit: Earth, “God said,’“Let there be light,’ and there was light…he separated the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1) You, “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.” (2 Corinthians 4:7) On the third day, God said let there be light, and it was lit! And on the day you accepted Jesus into your heart, you were lit! You no longer need to run in the dark. You light up every room, house, church, office, prison, hospital, rehab, store, and ‘hood you walk into. The light of Jesus in you, OUTlives, OUTlasts, OUTpowers the dark around you. And I would rather walk in God’s light than run in my dark!
So in closing, just like the Earth around you that you see, and the life-transformed that you are, the case is made that what was formless is formed; empty, filled; and dark, lit. I hope this encourages someone today!