Creation • Devotion #2: Elohim
Noble Baird | Community Center Director
One of my favorite movie series is Harry Potter. Now, I do not necessarily agree with everything that is in the movies; however, I do appreciate and enjoy the adventure which Harry, Hermione, and Ron experience. Throughout the series, Harry uses various “tools” to carry out tasks and solve his many mysteries. One of my favorite tools he uses is the cloak of invisibility. As you have probably guessed, for those of you who have not seen the movies, this cloak makes Harry and whoever wears it invisible. This allowed Harry to sneak around Hogwarts without ever being seen.
As we continue to take a deeper look into creation, it is important that we make sure to stop and establish who was there at the beginning. In Genesis 1:2 it reads, “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” So, right from the very beginning, we have established that we not only have God the Father during creation, but also the Spirit of God, or the Holy Spirit for a more familiar name. Fast forward to Colossians, Paul writes in 1:15-16, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him.” Here, Paul establishes that we also have Jesus’ existence at the very beginning of creation. Now, we have this completed picture where we not only have God the Father at creation but also the Spirit and Christ, completing the Trinity.
Some days, I wish that I could put on the cloak of invisibility and just disappear. Maybe sneak into a Dierks Bentley concert, snag a free pizza at Little Caesars, or simply hide at home knowing no one would see me! Now, I know this cloak is not real and it is just all in fun; however, when we talk about the Spirit of God, He has the same character trait of being invisible, yet so much more powerful. When Christ ascended after His forty days here on earth, He told us how He would be sending the Helper. In Acts 1:8 Jesus says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” You see, although we cannot physically see the Holy Spirit, we will be able to see His works through us and others, but not see Him, yet.
Personally, I have found this understanding of the Spirit so comforting. Knowing that Jesus left this earth, but made sure we were never alone, blows my mind. He knew exactly what the Disciples needed then and what we need now. So, as you continue in your week and we continue this study on Genesis, I encourage you to remember the Spirit of God. Knowing that although we may not be able to physically see Him, He is covering us and His power is at work in and through us always.