You don’t have to turn over many pages of the bible before you discover a great deal of brokenness. The vast majority of Genesis follows humanity as it grapples with life outside
God’s desired plan for the humans He loved and had created. Many of the stories within the pages of Genesis reveal the complexities and consequences of sin. Dysfunctional families are common place, along with all kinds of jealously, murder, lying, cheating, incest, and so forth. The brokenness of humanity is laid bare for all to
We in the 21st century have not escaped any of this. We do not need convincing that our lives exist outside the garden described in Genesis chapter two, and we are so often painfully aware of the brokenness of our lives and the brokenness of those around us, some of it even caused by ourselves. Yet, albeit negatively to begin with, we are able to see ourselves within the pages of scripture, we are included in God’s unfolding story of redemption. As such, we are reminded once again that we were created to know and be known by God, and it is here at the very beginning of Genesis that we find hope despite all that follows.
These are the words of Genesis 1:1-3
“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. And God said, “Let there be light,”
and there was light.”
As we reflect on these scriptures, we see that the beauty of creation and light itself was preceded by darkness and a place of chaos. This is incredible, for it means that if God can
and does indeed act in the darkness of the chaos of Genesis, He can therefore take action and create something new from out of any situation imaginable, including the stories of our
own lives. Even the darkness becomes pregnant with divine possibilities!
When you feel a lack of light in your life, a touch of chaos even, remember you belong to a heavenly Father who can create out of that darkness! He is able and willing to make you and me a new creation, despite the chaos and brokenness of our pasts, or even present circumstances.
So mnay people today feel like bruised reeds swaying in the winds of uncertainty. They need to hear and see the Gospel, because we are reminded by Isaiah and Jesus Himself that: “...a bruised reed he will not break and a smouldering candle he will not snuff out..." What an amazingly gracious and merciful God we belong to, what a hope we have to hold onto, and share with others who are desperate for a new