The new year often finds me reading the book of Genesis. It is one of those books of the Bible that I have read countless times. It isn’t too long ago either that our church went through the book of Genesis on Sundays. Not to mention that I taught Sunday School the first Sunday of this month. Topic? The creation story. I have already been camping out in Genesis for quite a bit.
“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.” (Genesis 1:1-2)
This year had me stopping at the first verses of Genesis. I love the way certain verses open up to us differently as we pass through different seasons of life. Going into the new year after a year of brokenness, is what made me read these verses again and again. I find it interesting, how the breaking of your heart seems to cumulate. A heart can only hold so much at a time. When we walk through many seasons of brokenness, the darkness seems to settle tighter
When God created the earth, He saw the darkness. But He also saw what could be beyond darkness — and isn’t it the same for us, too? He sees our darkness, the hurt breaking through the walls of our heart and the shame that rings in these scars of ours. He sees the darkness of our circumstances, the way it slowly grates us raw. All these dusty, dark corners of our hearts? He sees them. He knows them.
“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 1:3-4)
“The first step from chaos to order is to bring light,” wrote David Guzik. So that is how God works in our lives as well. He created light. Into the darkness, into the void — God created light. Notice, here, how God created light before He created the sun, the moon, and stars. Light is not dependant on sunlight, no. Light comes from a wholly different source — God. (Remember Revelation 22, how it is said that there won’t be any sun or moon in the new heavens and the new earth. God Himself will be our light, and we need nothing else.)
So why is it that I so easily believe this darkness will not end? Why is it that we lose hope so easily? Could it be that we forget to hold the right perspective? Maybe we let the world around us create our perspective a little too much.
If God can create light out of nothing, He can create light into my circumstances. He can create light in me. And He can do the same for you. Yes, sometimes it requires breaking, for God divided the light from the darkness in the beginning. That might mean ripping the seams and breaking the old. But it is only for the process of creating light. So hold on. Better things are coming.
Friend, I don’t know what your darkness holds today. What I do know, is that a darkness of any kind is a battle. If there is anything I can pray for you, I would love to do that. Drop a comment below or email me. I am here for you.