Tiersa is capable of composing something great out of seemingly nothing at all better than anyone I know. “What’s for dinner,” I’ll ask her. “Let me see what I’ve got,” she’ll say. And she’ll take a bunch of things that to me don’t even appear to go in the same pantry, much less on the same plate, and she creates something incredibly wonderful (she would dominate on the Food Network shows Chopped and Iron Chef!).
At Creation, God creates something out of nothing. He speaks life into existence. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1:1-2). The word translated “created” in Hebrew is “ex-nihilo.” Literally it means, “out of nothing.” Technically the text could read, “In the beginning, God, out of nothing, the heavens and the earth.” Cool stuff!
And we believe it. Right? We believe that God speaks everything that is into existence. Don’t we? We believe that “ex-nihilo” God creates through His Word and breathes life through His Spirit. Do we not? Why then do we find it so difficult to believe that He can accomplish the same in and through us?
Very often, you and I, we look at our lives and all we see is what I see when I go the pantry the day before Tiersa goes to the grocery store. We see nothing that’s good. Nothing that is appealing. Nothing that can be put together, or that can be salvaged, or that’s worthwhile. But God sees you and I like Tiersa sees all of that stuff in the pantry, that to me looked like starvation. For what it could be. For what we could be.
God is in the putting it all together business. He is an expert in stepping in and saving the day. He continually creates something absolutely wonderful out of a complete mess. Triumph out of defeat. Beauty out of ashes.
Look to Scripture. Look to the lives of fellow followers of Jesus today. He’s still doing it! “Ex-nihilo.” God. Out of nothing. Faithful, strong, redeemed, alive, made new, made whole, focused, joyful, at peace – men and women of the Kingdom.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach the Good News to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…” (Isaiah 61:1-2b; cf. Luke 4:18-19).
Glory to God!