BARA: Creating Something from Nothing

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

Before God began His miraculous work of creation, the earth was described as “formless and empty.”  In other words, there was nothing there.

The word translated “create” in verse 1 is the Hebrew word, bara.  Most often it refers to creating something from nothing.  This contrasts to using create to describe arranging materials that are already in existence.  I may create a flower arrangement by picking annuals from my garden, but I certainly did not create the flowers themselves.  Anytime bara is used in scripture, God is always the genius and the power behind the creating.  He is doing a work that only He can do.

Like the earth (formless and empty), our hearts are dead before God does His miraculous work in our lives.  In Ephesians 2: 1 Paul says, “ were dead in your transgressions & sins.”

As God brought forth His creation from nothing, He also brings forth new life to a sinful heart—doing a work that only He can do.

He may be calling you to enter into a relationship with Him for the very first time– to accept the new life in Christ that He offers.  Or He may be calling you to a new way of thinking or living your life.  Join with me in asking Him, “What do you want to bara in my life, God? I willingly submit to your work.” 

I want to be faithful to do my part – to follow in obedience as He leads.  I also want to submit to His work in my life—allowing Him to do what only He can do:  to create something from the nothingness in me.

What is it that He wants to bara in your life?  Are you ready for the change that only He can bring?


Laura  Macfarlan