Google+ 10/28/13 Water Can Cause Calamity or Cleansing!

Genesis 1:1-2, 9-10

 

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters.

And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.”

And that is what happened.

God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.”

And God saw that it was good.

 

Today we begin an eighteen-part series entitled, "Water, Water, Everywhere."  As we embark on this journey, we start at the beginning!  "Water" is mentioned in the Bible 543 times!!!  I guess God thought it was very important.  The formation of the earth all started with water.  Moses tells us that in the beginning, the earth was formless and empty and there were deep waters.  God harnessed the immense power of water by causing dry land to appear, effectively creating individual pockets of water that He called "seas."  God stopped on each day of creation to proclaim that what He had done was good.  It will take us three weeks to get through all of the aspects of water as the Bible describes them.  In the time of the prophets, water was the most important source of life.  All of the prosperous cities were built near water.  Most trade was done via ship.  The power of water is amazing on every level.  Our human bodies can do without solid food for a prolonged period of time, but if we don't nourish our bodies with water, we will die quickly of dehydration.  Some of the most devastating storms in history have been as a result of the power of water driven by wind.  Water was involved in the first earthly miracle that Jesus performed for His mother.  Finally, there is Christ as the "Living Water," as explained to a Samaritan woman at the public well, that causes us to never thirst.  This is the same water in which we proclaim our allegiance to Christ through Holy Baptism.  As you ponder this devotion and the next seventeen, think about how water affects your daily life.  We must gain a respect for its many powers.  "Water Can Cause Calamity or Cleansing!"