Considering Proverbs 8:24

24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.

Genesis opens with:

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

On the second day of creation, God divided the waters and created a separation of heaven and earth. On the third day of creation, God gathered the waters upon the earth and dry land appeared.

John 1 says:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

He was in the beginning with God. 

All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

What if we were to look at this verse in Proverbs in-terms of Jesus and His relationship to us?

How does this show the love of God towards us and reflect the testimony of Jesus? Why was it wise for God to establish the creation in such a way?

Here are my thoughts:

God could have made a creation of darkness and no light, but He didn’t.

God could have made a creation that could sustain life without water, but He didn’t.

God could have made an earth with only fountains and pools of fresh water and no salty oceans, but He didn’t.

Just like the creation was without shape and void before the Spirit moved upon the face of the earth, so were we before the Light of Christ entered our life.

Jesus works in us, shaping us, conforming us to the will of God as adopted sons of God. Jesus is the beginning and end of our salvation, and without Him, we are nothing and we can do nothing. Without Jesus, we are separated from God, just as far from Him as the earth from the vastness of the heavens.

Just like a creation without fresh fountains of water, so were we before Jesus came into our life.

Without Jesus, we are like the desert with no water. We are thirsty, looking for something to bring life and meaning to us. As children of God, finding Jesus is the most refreshing thing there is. Jesus is called the fountain of life. He says that whosoever drinks from Him will never thirst. The Holy Spirit is compared to a well of living waters that springs up within us, unto ever-lasting life. In the eternity, we are given access to the river of life, freely.

God made is so that life cannot exist without fresh water. When we want to look for signs of life, that is the first thing we try to find. In like manner, Jesus is Life.

What about the depths of the oceans?

The sea is deep, dark, and dangerous. We can compare the depths of the sea to sin and death. Without the fresh water of Jesus, we would have nothing but dead water to drink.

We can also consider that God created the earth to be dangerous, filled with depths of knowledge that we cannot comprehend. Knowledge can lead to death as well as life, just as the ocean is a deadly thing, yet full of much life and mystery.

Man expends countless amounts of time and energy attempting to understand the creation, and we have barely scratched the surface. What’s worse is that for all our attempting to know the creation, many fail to know God. In-fact, many are so caught up in knowledge of the world that they are blind to God, because God is spirit and the world is flesh.

The oceans also make me think of God. God is not darkness, but He is hidden in the darkness. Who can pierce the depths and know God? Just as the oceans, God is also dangerous. Knowing Him can bring life, but also death. We cannot approach God and live—not without Jesus.

This is amazing to consider! God could have created the world in so many ways, but He chose this way. What does this mean for us? How can we see the love and wisdom of God in Jesus Christ through the creation of fresh water and oceans?

Sorry if these thoughts are scattered and confusing. I’m not as eloquent with this as I’d like to be. What are your thoughts?

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