God Can Still Create Something From Nothing
In the beginning God created. Genesis 1:1 NJKV
Genesis Chapter One records that God spoke light on a world of darkness. From total chaos (without form) and emptiness (void), He produced order, creatures of all kinds, and people to enjoy His handiwork. With our limited minds, it may be difficult to appreciate the concept of something from nothing.
Yet all around us, we see evidence of God’s power to create order, purpose and productivity in lives that seem useless and hopeless. When the pressures of life overwhelm us, and the darkness of despair threatens our will to thrive, He still speaks new life into those who grope their way into His presence.
Remember when Jesus created the most flavorful wine at the Wedding in Cana? (John 2:1-10). He had nothing. No grapes, and no time to juice them even if He had some; still, no one could improve on the product He made. Just like Jesus made wine without ingredients, just like God created everything from nothing, He can speak value and joy in lives which seem inadequate and unqualified.
Remember also the poem about the old violin, which was being auctioned for a bid starting at one dollar? The price jumped to one thousand dollars after the violinist dusted it and tightened the strings. Myra Brooks Welch, the poet made the application:
“And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd
Much like the old violin. . .
But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
By the touch of the Master’s hand.”
We can never become too damaged for God to recreate and repair. Despite our inadequacies, our scars and our embarrassments, He can remake us into the person He originally designed us to be. From the nothing which we are without Him, watch Him create productive satisfying lives! It begins with our prayer of surrender to a God Who is, and can do, everything good.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please accept us as we are, and make us into agents that will always represent You, and remind others of Your creative and redemptive power. In Jesus’ name. Amen
10 Quotes About Something from Nothing
- “God made man out of nothing, and as long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us.” Martin Luther
- “You [God] changed my whole life
You made my wrongs rights
And for the rest of my life I'll never know why
You made something out of nothing.”
- “God has chosen us, even in all of our brokenness, to make us a something out of nothing. . . All you have to do is submit to His will. It’s not easy, but it’s necessary.” —Jacob A. Jones
- “But even in our brokenness and struggle, we were never nothing. However, when we’re healed or given faith, we become something so much more!” —Kelly Thibeault
- “Community service has taught me all kinds of skills and increased my confidence. You go out there and think on your feet, work with others and create something from nothing. That's what life's all about.” —Andrew Shue
- “The fact that we are called upon to endure trial shows that the Lord Jesus sees in us something precious which He desires to develop. If He saw in us nothing whereby He might glorify His name, He would not spend time in refining us.” —Ellen White
- “But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” —Peter 2:10 MSG
- “When we’re down to nothing, God is always up to something! . . John was exiled on the Island of Patmos. Alone and down to nothing, he received a revelation from God which has encouraged Christians to this day.” —Jim Twamley
- “Creation didn’t happen until God moved. Our re-creation can’t happen unless we allow God to move in us. If we want God to create something from our nothingness, we must give him room to move in our lives.” —Richard Niell Donovan
- “‘We have nothing… but five loaves and two fish.’ Well! I guess they didn’t have ‘nothing’ after all! Five loaves and two fish are very much something – certainly enough for the God who created the universe out of literally nothing to feed a few thousand people!” —Johanna Rehbaum
- Finding a Way to Get Into Trouble
Perhaps instead of complaining to each other, we can become the answer to our prayers for justice by standing together, blending our voices, and getting into trouble by insisting on being heard.
- Purpose: The Reason We Don’t Give Up
God’s question, “What are you doing here?” suggests that Elijah was in a wrong place, where self-pity robbed him of his significance. Why stay in a place where it seems that purpose has expired?
© 2020 Dora Weithers