In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness (Genesis 1:1-4, New King James Version). We learn a few lessons from this passage, as follows: God must be present, and at the very beginning.
Many times, God is our last resort, after we have tried and failed, after our uncles, lawyers, nurses, doctors have failed, then we try God, usually as one of several options.
If God is not at the beginning of your life, the next verse cannot happen. Sorry. God has to be your first verse or else, there is no creative power anywhere in sight.
But with God in your very first verse, He creates, not only this Heaven and earth, where “Thy Kingdom come” in your life, but also, you are sure to be part of the new heaven and the new earth of the future.
In the next sentence, we see that the earth, (not the world, not your nation or city, but that from which we were formed), was (i) without form and (ii) void and (iii) darkness covered the face of the deep.
That means utter confusion, worse than blindness in the life that does not have God at the start.
Symptoms of a life that is formless and void include: staggering from relationship to relationship; from career to career, from one business to the other, even from ministry to ministry.
It also includes taking faulty decisions, with no counseling, no direction. Bungling things up.
Next, we see the Spirit of God at work.
When you make God your number 1, you give the Holy Spirit permission to do that which only He can do in your life.
Without that, He stands aside and you have to struggle through life with no help from God; no counsel and no comfort from His Holy Spirit.
We also see the Holy Spirit hovering (brooding) over your life. Here is what that means. Let us say that an artist is given a piece of rock. He broods over it, picturing in his mind what that rough piece of rock can become, perhaps an engagement ring diamond or a beautiful piece in the crown of the queen of England.
Without that thoughtful process, the artist is likely to turn it into a pavement stone, a mere stepping stone.
That is how the Holy Spirit is, He broods over the life that has been given over to God, and because He is of a good God, He always makes something great of that life.
Little wonder then that after brooding, in the next sentence,
God spoke, ready to convert the beautiful image produced by His brooding into reality.
And what did He say? “Let there be light.” And there was light. What happened there?
The light obeyed God.
As long as you are resisting God, so long would life be a series of pain and sorrow.
If God shows mercy and reveals to you that obedience is the key to the rest of all the good stuff in the first chapter of Genesis, you will obey, regardless of how hard the instruction.
Obedience switches on the light of God in one’s life.
God was pleased with the light and He separated between it and the prior confusion. That means that there will be no more tears, no more sorrow, no more pain, no more struggling, no more running from pillar to post, no more dark days.
As we read in 2 Corinthians 4:6, For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. The same God. The light obeyed God at the dawn of creation; your life must also obey God. You must say yes to Him, regardless of how crazy His instruction sounds.
Do your part and watch Him turn the light switch on in your life and separate between you and a life of confusion, pain and sorrow.