Here’s is the understanding I got. God had just started His creation project. As at verse 1, all He had done was to create heaven and earth. While we weren’t told what heaven looked like then, the state of the earth – which God created was vividly described. We were told that ‘the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep’. Another translation say ‘the earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters’. Yet another says ‘the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea. The Message translation says ‘First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness.’
Don’t know about you, but I find all the descriptions above very discouraging. One would think that if God, Almighty God is creating, there should be a lot of excitement around what He’s creating. How can God create something that would be so shapeless and empty. Is He not God? Why didn’t He just make it all beautiful from the beginning?
Wait! I have a feeling these are some of the questions in the heart of some people. If truly God is involved in my life, why is everything so tangled and messed up? If God actually loves me, why is my life so formless? If I am His child as He says, why does everything feel like a soup of nothingness? Why is there so much darkness around and I can’t find my way through? Isn’t God a God of beauty and order? Hmmm….many questions all at once.
BUT, are we not all judging God by the beginning? Yes, the earth was without form and void and there was darkness, but that was only at the initial stage. The earth didn’t remain like that forever, BECAUSE GOD WASN’T DONE! He had just started! He later went ahead to create light, water, birds, animals and all sort of beautiful and good things that you and l see today.
If God were to be assessed or awarded marks based on the initial state of the earth, I am certain He would have been scored very low based on its appearance. But if the marker would wait a while, He would see that God wasn’t done.
Hey! STOP JUDGING GOD BY THE BEGINNING IN YOUR LIFE! He says some of you are judging me by the beginning and it is not fair. He is not done. Don’t write Him off because what He has done so far carries no beauty in it. Don’t crucify Him because of the inky blackness and formless state of your life. Don’t conclude that that is how far He plans to go. GOD IS NOT DONE!
Whatever the level you are right now and no matter for how long you’ve been there, for as long as it does not align with or look like what God told you, then it’s the beginning. God is not done. He’s still creating your life. He’s still forming and shaping things. He’s calling forth and bringing forth things you never knew existed. Don’t give up because your life is empty. The contents will be added. Wait for the next phase. Wait for the next word. Beauty is coming. Light is coming. Just hang in there because GOD IS NOT DONE SO DON’T JUDGE HIM BY THE BEGINNING!