Formless, Empty, Dark - The One Year Praying through the Bible for Your Kids

Formless, Empty, Dark

One Year Reading Plan: Genesis 1:1–2:25, Matthew 1:1–2:12, Psalm 1:1-6, Proverbs 1:1-6

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2

IN THE BEGINNING, when God spoke the Creation into being from nothing, the earth was a mass of raw material, a dark and barren wilderness with no shape to it. But it was brimming with possibility because the Spirit of God was hovering over it in anticipatory power, waiting for the Word to go out. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. The power of God’s spoken word penetrated and eradicated the darkness. As he continued to speak, the formlessness of creation gave way to the order of earth and sky, land and sea. The emptiness was filled with plant, animal, and human life.

And still God’s Word goes out with shaping, filling, illumining power. Still the Spirit hovers over homes and families where there is chaos and emptiness and darkness with the power to bring something out of nothing. Still the Spirit works through the Word so that what emerges is truly good.

Creator, we need you to do a creative work in our home that only you can do. We need your Spirit to hover as we open up your Word day by day this coming year. Let there be light in our home. May it penetrate the dark corners and expose what is hidden. Bring order to our disordered ways of relating to each other and to you. Fill up the empty places with your beauty and life.

As parents, we don’t have the power to create spiritual life in ________. Only you can do that. So won’t you do your creative work in ________? Shape his life into something beautiful for your glory. Enlighten his eyes to see you. Fill his life with your good gifts.

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The One Year Praying through the Bible for Your Kids
By Nancy Guthrie with Sinclair B. Gerguson

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