Out of Nothing

Recently when asked to describe my feelings towards a particular set of circumstances, my response was that felt like I was in a wasteland because in every direction I could see only nothingness surrounding me. This most certainly was not an encouraging perspective. How many times have you looked around only to see nothing happening, nothing moving, nothing improving? Seemingly nothing can grow in a wasteland, and upon finding yourself in one you may feel relegated to a prolonged season of nothingness with no hope. But Genesis reminds us that God's best work emerges from absolutely nothing.

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. -Genesis 1:1-2

God creates “ex nihilo”, that is to say out of nothing. That means that there was no eternal matter that existed alongside God out of which the world was created. God looked out over the emptiness and nothingness that was present and in an act of sovereign freedom he created the heavens and the earth.

If God can handle the nothingness of the whole universe, certainly he can take on what we see as emptiness in our lives, even if it’s in every area. He can take our empty places that cloud our perspective on life and transform them into something wonderful. God is free and able to fill your void with good and perfect gifts if you trust him and have faith that he will do it.