God s will: biblical clues to knowing what it is

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God s will revealed!

God s will, it really isn’t a mystery!  Today I want to begin suggesting clues that I believe God has left us with in His Word that point to His eternal and central purposes.  I want to stress why this is important.  If God has a central purpose for our life and we don’t know it, that would be tragic.  Obviously things could and should be better on this planet.  We must recognize that the state of our lives and the state of the church and the state of the entire world is a result of the choices that man has made, that each one of us have made.  God has a better way!  However, unless we have a clearer idea of what He is up to, history will continue to repeat itself.  O.K. let’s continue . . .

Clues to God s will

In His Word the Lord has left us clues as to what is central in His thinking and purposes.  Starting off at the very beginning of His revelation to man in the book of Genesis we read that in the beginning of time God created heaven (the universe) and the earth.  In the very next verse He began to focus on the earth.  The entire universe gets mentioned in half a verse and for the next few chapters God talks about a tiny speck in the universe called “earth”.  Already we can begin to discern where the center of God’s attention and thus His heart is moving: toward the earth.  In the next verse (Genesis 1:2) we read that the earth was without form and void. This is strange and completely uncharacteristic of God’s nature which all throughout the entire scriptures is described as orderly and excellent.

God s will revealed in the first chapters of Genesis

Without speculating in an abundance of details but yet recognizing that God intends that we understand that Genesis 1:2 is a necessary part of His revelation to man we must stop and explain the meaning and purpose of the three phrases in this verse.  We can safely say that the earth was originally created with form and order because in Isaiah 45:18 we read:

“For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain [tohuw], Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.”

Now this Hebrew word [tohuw] is the same word used in Genesis 1:2   “And the earth was without form [tohuw], and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

The word “tohuw” is from an unused root meaning to lie waste; it has been translated as vain, vanity, confusion, without form, wilderness, nought, nothing, empty place, and waste, never in a positive way.  It’s several meanings are: formlessness, confusion, unreality, emptiness, that which is empty or unreal (of idols) wasteland, wilderness (of solitary places) place of chaos, vanity.

So if God didn’t originally create the earth as being without form and void something made it that way.  Some Bible teachers propose what is called the “Gap theory” basically stating that there was a prior creation before God created Adam.  Satan was cast down to this earth and ruined it so at one point God came and re-created the earth.

God s will – maintain God’s order on the earth

Undeniably in the Genesis account several things already existed: the planet earth, water and darkness before the beginning of the seven days of the creation week.  In light of the clear organization of the text it would be more appropriate to refer to the seven days as the restoration and reordering of the creation as described in verse one.  In any case we know that Satan had been previously cast to earth and as a result the original creation had been rendered chaotic and void.  God came and “fixed” the earth and prepared it so that it would be habitable, and blessedly so for the sake of man. From these few observations we can begin to decode the clues to God s will.

2 Responses to “God s will: biblical clues to knowing what it is”

  1. ddneal says:

    I don’t really like the sound of the gap theory but I really liked your explanation of Genesis 1:2, very intriguing!

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