When God created the universe He brought His creation through chaos into order. In Genesis 1:1 we hear in this creation process that at one point the earth was formless and void and that darkness was over the face of the deep. In other words this was the point just before God coalesced the matter and the basic, elementary or rudimentary shape of the earth came into being.
It is the word “void” that I am bringing into focus today.
I once heard a quote from an avid gardener who said that a garden hates a void. Meaning that just pulling up the weeds or unwanted plants and leaving the bare, exposed soil will never be tolerated by the garden. The garden will find a plant to grow there. If the gardener doesn’t plant something there then the earth will fill the void.
There is another place where we can find a void and that is in space. The dark places between stars are called a voids. This is the place where there are no planets and no solar systems. It shows us that despite the fact we are a planet teaming with both light and life we are sitting in the middle of a universe that has many pockets where nothing exists. These are spots of true ‘nothingness’. Despite the fact that Astronomers search these voids for objects, I think it is safe to assume that what they are hoping to find is something rather than an empty place. After all no scientist studies the empty vacuum of anything. Scientists study what will happen to a “something” within the vacuum or void.
We can see as the story of God’s creation in Genesis 1:1 as it progresses from the earth being formless and void to the sixth day of creation where the earth is settled, fully formed and without any void. This ushered in the sixth day when Adam and Eve were created. The earth was now a type of womb that was fully prepared to fully take care of, house, nourish and protect Adam and Eve. Their lives could be sustained on a perpetual basis without the need for God to create something else for them. This is because that when God accepted it, called it ‘evening and morning’ and pronounced it a day, He did so knowing that He had done all the creating He needed to do to establish that work of creation on the earth. It no longer needed His creating process to be at work in sustaining it. God could sustain His work without the need to create more to keep it going. God did it this way to ensure that all ‘voids’ were eradicated.
The same is true with the creation of Adam. The bible tells us in Genesis 2 that Adam was created out of the dust of the earth and formed into a human being. But, what we can glean from what we know about Genesis 1:1 and the creation of the earth can be applied to the creation of Adam as well. Just before God breathed life into Adam, Adam was a ‘void’. He was a mound of dirt, water and chemicals. He was a rudimentary shell just as the earth before God caused His Spirit to hover over the deep, dark void and caused it to coalesce.
It is interesting to see a pattern here, namely the pattern of creation. There was a ‘void’ after the earth was formed but just before one celled organic life appeared on earth. God filled that void. There was a ‘void’ before plants appeared on the earth. There was a ‘void’ just before fish, birds and all kinds of living creatures came to live on the earth. And there was a ‘void’ just before God brought Adam together out of the dust. In other words, God saw that something was missing. He saw that what He had created was good, pleasing and acceptable to Him but that there was still more that needed to live, move and have its being on the earth before He could say that it was good and acceptable but most importantly, complete. It also means that God had to know beyond any doubt that what He created in the upcoming days of creation (after Genesis 1:1) could be sustained by what He had created on the first day. If the earth was too close to the sun or too far away from the sun or if the earth was not stable in its orbit around the sun what God created on days 4, 5 and 6 would have either burned up or frozen. The creation of the earth, universe and all that the earth contains was not an experiment. God wasn’t looking to try again because the first one froze or burned up. God ensured that each stage of the process was built up to the place where the next stage of the creating process could be nurtured and could live.
Yet, despite all of this God was not threatened or intimated or put off continuing His creation because of the resultant ‘voids’ that arose. He didn’t see those voids as a challenge or an obstacle. They were not more powerful than Him or of concern. He simply filled them.
Now, the word “filled” is what I am focusing in on here. Remember how I stated earlier that a garden doesn’t like a void? God doesn’t like voids either. A void to God is a place where there is no evidence of His presence. It can never have His stamp of approval because He is life and light and there is no life or light in a void. There is no evidence of His ever having created a void but only that He used this emptiness to fulfill His plan of creating something using the void as a tool to meet His desired end result. Plus, even though the void is part of creation process it is only a minute transitory stage that must be passed through to reach the place of filling the void.
A great Christian gospel artist named, Andre Crouch once wrote a song with a phrase in it that I love. He said, “If I never had a problem, I’d never know God could solve them. I’d never know what faith in His word could do.” In other words, I am saying that if I never had a void in my life, I would never know that God could fill that void. I would never know what having faith in Him to bring order out of the chaos of the problem would do to bring about a resolve to my problem.
God loves life and He loves to fill the earth with life. His Son, Jesus, loves the same thing. Jesus stated that He didn’t come to destroy the Jewish law or the Jewish prophets but He came to fulfill them. He didn’t come to tear down what had been planted before by the law and prophets but to fulfill the demanding requirements they placed on people. He came to fill the earth with His life. He came to bring a planting that was so big that the weeds no longer had room to grow or dominate the spiritual garden on earth. Anyone that wanted to be a part of the life that He brought could be. Anyone who wanted to remain a weed, could also stay a weed.
This has created a byproduct that we, on earth today, are trying to cope with. On the one hand we have a people dedicated to Jesus and His gospel of eternal life through Him. We live in the spiritual realm of Jesus’ Light but we live on a planet that is in the custody of the devil. It is a place of voids and darkness. It is a kind of spiritual soup. Through the next few blog posts I want to help illuminate the voids that are spiritually present on earth today. I want us to see the things that exist but are unseen, unheard, cannot be tasted or touched. We see, here on earth, what God has filled the earth with through His love, provision and care but let’s take a look at what kind of dark, spiritual world we actually live in.
I’ll stop for now and continue on in my next post about THE SPIRITUAL SOUP IN WHICH WE ALL LIVE. I hope you will come back for more.
Janet Williams @ THE MIDDLE OF THE GARDEN…a blog to see.