Has anyone ever told you that you would never be "nothing"? That nothing would ever come out of your life. That not one good thing will come from all that you have been through? That because your parents were nothing, you will never amount to anything?
I have! I have had those who were family and my deepest confidants to say that I would never be anything. And it cut me deeply and wounded me. But I am so glad that I knew deep in the recess of my soul, when these words that were spewed to wound and destroy me, that my Intelligent Designer has the power to make this nothing into something. I was so determined to not allow these words to take root in my spirit. I suddenly remembered a terminology that I had learned and I researched the word more in depth; it was "ex-nihilo."
Ex nihilo is a latin phrase meaning "out of nothing". It often appears in conjunction with the concept of creation. In creation "ex nihilo" means "creation out of nothing". This mean where nothing existed before, something was created by our Creator. It is expressed in Genesis 1:1-4:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.
This means that He took a bare and empty substance and made it anew. He took away the void and the darkness and replaced it with light. He saw the potential in the raw material and made something quite glorious from it. People are surely baffled by this theory, "Something can come from nothing".
The opening words in the book of beginnings reveal the very character and purpose of God; first He forms and then He fills. God formed the earth and then filled it with plants and animals. God formed the heavens and then filled it with stars and planets. Indeed, He took this same approach when it came to the time to create man,
“The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and [then] breathed [filled]…his nostrils with the breathe of life” (Genesis 2: 7).
God forms and he fills!
Hebrews 11:3 states, "By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen."
This is descriptive of what He does with human lives today. We are formless, empty, in darkness with no shape or meaning to life. Powerless, unfulfilled and going nowhere, with despair and sadness permeating from our very being. But God, our Intelligent Designer sees, in His creativity, what we can become; a masterpiece.
God can take the broken pieces, the broken dreams and the broken lives that people see as useless nothingness and re-create it into something.
Do you believe this truth for yourself? I had to. To be something, to be that purposeful somebody, we need to know that His creative touch is available in our lives. Our Creator has the power to re-form our lives and fill it with glory, power, abundance, favor, provision, love, joy, peace, fruitful relationships and so much more. You see, that His intention for us right from the very foundation of the world was to make something out of nothing! So it doesn't matter what people like my family said to me or like what those close to you have said to you! He sees something in all of us as we all are valuable somethings to Him!
I am so thankful that He saw something in me!
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