We all know Genesis 1:1-2, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” But what does this mean? Have we ever sat down and thought this through. “Well, let’s see here, in the beginning God created the universe.” Yea that’s just right, but it’s just icing on the cake. There’s a deeper meaning in this verse.
First, let’s take this verse apart.
“In the beginning,” The beginning of time, the beginning of everything. The dawn of creation. “God created the heavens and the earth,” God was around before the beginning. He’s everlasting. He created the moon, the planets, the stars, everything in the universe. He created the earth and everything on it.
“The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep,” The earth was nothing. God created everything out of nothing. The earth wasn’t even a molecule. There was no light. “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters,” God was thinking of what he wanted to do. He was expecting great things. He knew very well that things were going to turn sour. But He still made the earth. God was anticipating his plans to unfold. God was planning.
Now for the messy part. Let’s put this verse back together and make it relevant. (When you read this next part, read it as if you believe it.)
In the beginning of my life, God created me. I was without form and void. Darkness was over me. And the Spirit of God was hovering over me expecting great things for me. Planning my life.
When I was but a speck in my mother’s womb God was thinking of me. He was planning something big for me. He was anticipating great things.
This is the deeper meaning of Genesis 1:1-2.