January 28, 2019

365 Days of the Great Names of God, Day 59: Spirit of God

Spirit of God

"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 NIV)

Hovering. I love this captivating word. It makes me think of waiting...not placidly or apathetically, but like a restrained force on the verge of exploding. Which leads me to a related word that's easily one of the Top 5 Words I Ever Learned In Women's Bible study: dunamis

Dunamis is a Greek word meaning power or ability, and if it reminds you of the word "dynamite," you're exactly on the right track. It carries the idea of contained energy, of something holding back before being released.

Some mornings, I pray, "Holy Spirit, explode your dunamis power over and in my family." I like to think of my husband and daughters, at work or at school, suddenly feeling a little jolt of God's power surging through them.

Sweet NOG friends, the Spirit of God is hovering over and in you, ready to unleash His dunamis power on your behalf. Ask Him to do it, then wait in hopeful expectation of what He'll do with you, in you, and for you. When He does, I believe you'll think the same thing Genesis 1:31 in The Message Bible paraphrase tells us God thought when He stood back and surveyed His six days of creative handiwork, His hovering Spirit having exploded its energy (but not used it up...NEVER used up): "it was so good, so very good."

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