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  • Writer's pictureHenry Omotayo

Void The Void

Genesis 1:1-5

Message No. 0538 | Twitter @GodandUs |

In Genesis chapter 1 verses 2-4, the Bible says:

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. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.

Some might tell you that the earth existed millions of years between the beginning and when God decided to clean it up. As God’s children, we have no interest in debating this assertion. What is important to us is that the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep. Dictionaries define the word Void as gap, emptiness, vacuum, lack, a feeling of want or hollowness. A void is a state of nothingness, idleness and waste. Time is ticking, but nothing is happening. Minutes go by, hours, days and weeks go by, even years go by, and nothing is happening.

I do not need to ask, I know that no one wants to be in a state where everything stops. Even when sleeping, some activities still take place. You’re either dreaming or changing position. When everything stops while you are still alive, you are actually dead, so, God forbids that any of us is in this position. Yet, as God’s children, this is where the devil wants us to be – a state where nothing is happening. If others are making progress around you and yet your life is a vacuum, our God will deliver you from this position from this year going forward, in Jesus’ name.

It is a popular saying that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. When life is a vacuum, your mind is available for sale. The devil lures youths into drugs and gang-related activities because at their ages, there is no responsibility, as such. Many actually confess that they are in school because their parents want them to be in school, not because they believe that they need education to make it in life. So, when the mind has ‘nothing doing,’ the individual is available for whatever his or her pairs suggest. They try many things because they long for power, purpose and a sense of belonging. Those who are not so privileged don’t have anyone to point them to the right direction, to Christ.

If your life is void (no activities, no progress, no plans, no purpose), I have good news for you. In Genesis 1:3, the Bible says that when God saw a state of void on earth, coupled with a predominance of darkness on the face of the deep, He decided to change the situation. He said, “Let there be light.” From that moment on, everything changed. Imagine the instant change when you come back home at night and turn on the light. When God issued His command, light immediately appeared and God looked at it, smiled and agreed that it was good. From this moment on, I decree light into your vacuum. Your life will no longer be void, but active. You will see it and give glory to God, our King.

No one wants a life without purpose. Retired people don’t just go back home, celebrate their years of work, sit down, put their two legs on their coffee tables and do nothing till they die. I mentioned, years ago, a trip I took with a colleague, where we needed a taxi to take us from one place to another. The driver we got happened to be an eighty-something year old man. We noticed his age on his face and asked, how old are you and why are you still working? He answered, when you don’t work, you die. If you are unemployed and looking for work, I join my faith with yours and agree gainful employment for you very shortly, in Jesus’ name. Even folks who live with developmental challenges are sometimes frustrated with their inability to have a purpose of their choosing. This is probably the reason they sometimes act out and people around them are alarmed. A life of emptiness is frustrating. This year, you will not be frustrated.

I must say that one mistake we sometimes make as Christians is that we believe all we need to do is pray, sometimes fast, and thereafter do nothing. We expect someone to knock at the door and bring food and other provisions for us and give us money to send our children to school and so on. First, there is no doubting the power of prayers (I am of course a believer in prayers), and yes, God can send people to bring us our needs; this is called a miracle. However, God does not expect us to live by miracles only. Miracles are an exception. God wants us to work. The plan of God is to bless the works of our hands (Deuteronomy 28:12). If your life is in a state of void or vacuum, I encourage you to please find something doing this year to kickstart a life of purpose and direction. Pray, fast, but thereafter make efforts to work. It is the efforts that God wants to multiply, beyond normal yield. This is the best way to void (invalidate) the void. May He bless your work beyond measure this year and may every life of frustration become a life of breakthrough. Have a blessed week!

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 Lord I know that I am a sinner and I am unable to save myself. I am sorry for my sins and I pray that you please forgive me. I am aware that Your Son Jesus died for my sins and I accept Him as my Lord and savior. I surrender my life unto you from this moment. Please take control of my entire being and help me to be obedient to your Word, going forward. Thank you, Lord, for hearing me. I have prayed in Jesus’ name. Amen.
 If you prayed the foregoing prayer, you have just been born again. Please find a Bible believing church in your area and ask to see the pastor. Let him or her know that you have just given your life to Christ and s/he will guide you on next steps in your journey as a child of God. The Lord bless you!


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