Day 1 - the Spirit creates and sustains
In your own words ask God to help you hear and understand what He’s saying through His Word, and then ask for the grace to follow Him after this devotional is done. Then read these verses (out loud if you are able).
Genesis 1:1-2 (ESV)
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Job 33:4 (ESV); 34:14-15 (NLT)
4 The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. 14 If God were to take back his spirit and withdraw his breath, 15 all life would cease, and humanity would turn again to dust.
We see God’s Spirit involved from the beginning of God’s/our story. Before the events of creation start to unfold, before one word is spoken and light pierces the darkness, the Spirit of God is there, present and active in the making of the world. Later in the Bible, we see that the Spirit is proclaimed as the one who made Job. God created us. We were made by a God who is Triune or Trinity - three distinct persons that are also one God - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. Not only was the Spirit involved in our creation, but the Spirit also is at work sustaining our life right now. The breath that we are literally breathing this very moment is a gift from God. If the Spirit were to stop sustaining our life and God withdrew the gift of His breath, we would cease and return to dust.
Have you thought about how the same Spirit of God that was involved in the creation of the universe was also intimately involved in creating you to be the unique person that you are? How often are you aware that the breath you breathe is a gift from God?
Spend a quiet moment becoming aware of your breathing. Think about the gift of life that God has given to you in this moment, then say a prayer of thanks to God for that gift. End your time of prayer by praising the Spirit of God, along with the Father and Son, for creating and sustaining all life.