In the Midst of your Mess and the Promise of Light

January 1

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 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.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3) NIV


          As I write these words I have no idea what you’re facing today. I surely know my own battles, but I’d be liar to pretend to fully understand what you are going through. What I do know is that in Genesis 1:1, everything was perfect: the word “created” implies that everything was in order; in a perfect state. Theologians argue that there are millions of years separating versus 1 and 2.   However, by verse two in the book of Genesis, we see a mess. Genesis 1:2 gives us three very powerful words: formless, empty and darkness. The word “formless” means: “lacking a clear shape or structure; lacking apparent organization or structure.” The word “empty” means: “Not containing or holding anything.” And the word “Darkness” means: “The lack of light.”

          You may be in a situation where there is no clear structure and nothing seems organized in your life. You may be in a place of emptiness as it seems that there is a lack of purpose. To make matters worse, you may find yourself in a place of darkness without a clear vision. Get ready because you are about to have a Genesis 1:3 experience as God is about to declare in your life: “Let there be light!”  No matter the magnitude of your tribulations, there will be light because God says so. Even now, beloved, in the mix of your formless, empty and dark situation; don’t forget that the Holy Spirit is hovering over it…you are not alone!

About angelcasiano

Mr. Angel Casiano was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 29, 1968. He was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. In 1991 Mr. Casiano graduated from college in San Germán, Puerto Rico and then moved to Jacksonville, Florida where he began his career in social services. His 23 years of experience includes working with foster care children in the capacity of Youth Care Worker, Group Home Supervisor, Legal Case Worker and Program Director. Later, Mr. Casiano worked as a Social Worker, Family Development Liaison and Case Manager. Mr. Casiano also has over eighteen years experience in ministry. He has served as Men’s Ministry Director, Worship Leader, Prison Ministry Director, Chaplain, Counselor and Senior Pastor. In August of last year Mr. Casiano founded Casiano’s Martial Arts, his fourth martial arts school. Casiano’s Martial Arts got its head start in the state of Alaska in partnership with JP Jones Community Development Center. Mr. Casiano is a USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame member and a 5th Degree Black Belt. Mr. Casiano stated that he is just an instrument and a vessel of clay in the hands of God. Mr. Casiano is a fervent believer that winning souls for Christ and making disciples is the only combination that can radically change the world. Mr. Casiano hopes to be able to impact the people of Fairbanks, Alaska, especially the youth, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and, to be a weapon against alcoholism, depression and suicide in this region. Do not hesitate to write us at Sincerely, Brother Angel Casiano
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