// Marvin Yoder
A PROCLAMATION of the creation of Heaven and earth is found in the first three verses of the Book of Genesis: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Gen 1:1 NKJV). This is not an explanation of creation. It is a revelation of God proclaiming, "I created the Heavens and the earth."
Verse 2 (NKJV) continues, "The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters."
This is much like a mother hen sitting on her eggs waiting for them to hatch. The hen moves them around to make sure they get turned. She fluffs up over them and flutters around them. She is getting the eggs ready so that at the right moment, life can come forth. Likewise, the Holy Spirit "hovered over the face of the waters," getting ready for life to come forth.
In verse 3 (NKJV), God said, "'Let there be light'; and there was light." Before God spoke, there wasn't any light.
What God wants in the earth today may not be in sight. But when His Word goes forth, it becomes a reality. He is looking for vessels through whom His Word will be spoken so that He can do what He has not yet done.
When we look at our lives, many of us can say that we have things in our heart that God has spoken to us. But we would also have to acknowledge that perhaps our lives don't exactly represent what God said. We're all in the process of seeing His words come to pass.
In the same way God hovered over a formless and void world, He can move in our personal lives today. Here are four truths that will help us see what He has spoken in our hearts come to pass.
Truth Number One:
BEFORE YOUR PROBLEMS SHOW UP, GOD ALREADY HAS AN ANSWER.
God is the Ancient of Days and has all the answers you need. If you don't have solutions, He does. If you ask Him, He will show you what to do.
Truth Number Two:
YOUR LIFE MAY BE A MESS, BUT GOD IS NOT FINISHED WITH YOU YET.
God can get you out of the mess you're in. We see in Genesis that the earth was formless, void, and dark. And on a global scale, God got the earth out of that mess. If He was able to do something of that magnitude, He can certainly help you on a personal level.
Truth Number Three:
EVEN BEFORE YOU SEE IT, THE HOLY SPIRIT IS WORKING IN YOUR LIFE.
Has it ever seemed as if you haven't heard from Heaven for awhile? You wondered if you'd done something wrong. Where is God in the silence? You have to understand that He is not inactive when you don't hear from Him. He's always working in your life. He's lining things up and getting them ready so the moment you speak a word in faith—BOOM!—it comes to pass.
Truth Number Four:
IF YOU SPEAK THE WORD THAT YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART, IT WILL COME TO PASS.
God gave us a pattern to follow in the Book of Genesis. He said, " 'Let there be light'; and there was light" (Gen. 1:3 NKJV). He set this precedent for those who would dare to speak His Word.
However, we often lose by being silent. We don't lift our voice and speak the Word enough. We have to stir ourselves up and declare that God's Word is true even when we don't feel like it. We have to say "by His stripes I'm healed" when we don't feel good. We have to say "my God shall supply all my needs" when we don't have enough money.
The Holy Spirit is always working in our lives. He's moving, giving assignments, enabling, empowering, instructing, correcting, and undergirding. He won't stop until He's finished, until His plan is complete. We're fast approaching the day when our Father God will look down at everything the Spirit has done in the Church and say, "That is very good."
[Editor's note: This article was adapted from Rev. Yoder's Tuesday morning message at Winter Bible Seminar 2015.]