Opening the bible a few days ago, I said, “Lord, please show me something I have not seen before!” God LOVES that request, because He never fails to answer it when I ask. I was in Matthew 17, and only made it to verse 1 when I something jumped off the page at me.
“AND SIX days after this, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves,” (Matthew 17:1 AMPC)
Incredibly, as many times as I have read this chapter, I have never noticed the first two words, “AND SIX…” were capitalized! This had to mean something! I pondered this, thinking about the number six, and on the sixth day … Wait! Wasn’t man created on the sixth day? I jumped over to the book of Genesis, and confirmed that in Genesis 1:24-27 on the sixth day God made man!
Immediately I saw a correlation between the book of Genesis and this verse. Somehow, I thought, God is trying to show me that these two chapters are connected. Excited now, and convinced that God was tying together Genesis 1 and Matthew 17 for me, I kept reading, pushing on to verse 5, which says,
“While he was still speaking, behold a shining cloud [composed of light] overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, This is My Son, My Beloved, with Whom I am [and always have been] delighted! Listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5, AMPC).
Once before, while reading this same verse, the Lord had asked me about the cloud. I said, “It’s your Glory, Lord! It was a Glory Cloud!” This time, however, upon researching the word for cloud in the Greek, I discovered that this cloud is the same cloud that led the Israelites through the desert! This cloud was not only God’s Glory – this cloud was God Himself, overshadowing all of them on the mountain!
I quickly made the mental jump to the Spirit of God hovering over the water in Genesis. After all, God and His Spirit are two parts of Him, I reasoned. I was now more convinced than ever that the Lord was trying to tie these two chapters together.
“The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters,” (Genesis 1:2 AMPC, emphasis mine).
More exciting still, the Hebrew word here for moving (rachaph) is an ‘action’ word! Much more than the Spirit of God just floating above the water, or brooding like a hen sitting on her eggs, the word here means to shake, like an eagle flapping her wings and kicking out all the babies (see Deuteronomy 32:11)! It means to move back and forth, staggering like a drunk man (see Jeremiah 23:9)! It shows incredible amounts of tumultuous activity! In fact, this particular word for moving is only used in the Bible three times – once in the creation of the world!
Spirit here in Hebrew is RUACH. Just as the secular, scientific explanations try to show how the earth was formed with volcanic eruptions and rivers of molten lava, so it was when the Spirit of God – the RUACH of God – MOVED over the face of the waters with unimaginable, vital power! This same RUACH breathed into inanimate dirt and it became life! This same RUACH raised Jesus from the dead! God spoke and light became! How much more did the earth heave in response to His Spirit, as God blew on the waters, creating continents and moving mountains by the breath of His lips!
As God led me from one scripture to the next, I saw the parallel that He was drawing. He was very obviously saying that the Spirit of God is moving over the deeps once again! He is moving over the deep places in our lives, creating a new ‘world’ by tumultuously tearing out the old, tearing down strongholds and raising up new continents! He is calling out, as deep calls out to deep, to the deep places in our heart!
“[Roaring] deep calls to [roaring] deep at the thunder of Your waterspouts,” (Psalm 42:7 AMPC).
Is your life in an upheaval? Is everything being shaken? Has your world been turned upside down? It may be because the Spirit of the living God is moving over your deep! The RUACH of God is once again creating, birthing anew, re-creating your world to more closely match His ideal! In order to do this, there will be a lot of activity! You may feel shaken, staggering or even as though you have been kicked out of the nest!
A few days ago, during the course of a “heated discussion”, I found myself in a position where I was being a hypocrite. The Lord allowed me to talk myself into this position to show me that there were still rocks in the soil of my heart. He used this situation to till that soil, getting the last little pebbles out to make it as good as possible, to be as fruitful as possible. In order for this to happen, there had to be activity – tumultuous activity! In this case, it came by way of a “heated discussion”.
There have recently been other situations as well, wherein the Lord has used other people to show me my heart’s true motives – and theirs. It has been a tumultuous, emotional time, but a profitable one for the Kingdom.
So, take heart! Whatever God does – whatever He allows to happen – is ultimately for our good. No matter what it may look like right now, take heart in the knowledge that God is turning it all around for your good (see Romans 8:28)! He will birth the new thing in your life that he wants to, once the shaking stops and the dust settles, you will see it. You will be proud and happy of what the Lord has accomplished both through you and in your life.
Spirit of God! Let Your RUACH come and move over the deep places once again!
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