October 6, 2017
“If a gun is on the mantle in the first act, it must be fired by the third.” This insightful quote is usually attributed to Anton Chekhov – a Russian playwright who lived around the dawn of the 20th century. His point is that no item should be included in the story line that has no real place in promoting the plot. If it doesn’t need to be there, toss it out. But I find something more positive in this statement. Potential. If indeed the gun is to be fired, it peaks up my interest to see it hanging there – will it prove useful for protection? Assassination? A deer-steak dinner?
In the opening words of the Bible, we are introduced to at least two Characters: God and the Spirit of God. New Testament writers like John and Paul would later argue for the unseen presence of the pre-existent Messiah, but we’ll save that discussion for another time. For now, I want to notice that Gun hanging on the wall.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth. Now the Earth was formless and empty and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:1-2 NIV).
In the midst of all that nothingness, there is the hovering Spirit of God. Before the Earth was organized and outfitted, He was there – hovering in the mist. Before God said, “let there be,” he was there. I call that POTENTIAL! Something is about to happen; something huge and unimaginable, something amazing and eternity changing! If the Spirit of God isn’t going to act, according to Chekhov we must write Him out of the script. But act He certainly does. On every page, through every triumph and defeat of the people of God, the Spirit of God serves as a guide, a narrator and on occasion steps in to play the lead role. Heroic – Amazing – Powerful – Potential.
See you Sunday!