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The Holy Spirit And Creation

Updated: Jun 7

Welcome to Day 2. for a short powerful devotion from our Who Is The Holy Spirit And What Does He Do online Bible study. In this Bible study, we will explore the role of Holy Spirit in creation.

the holy spirit and creation

The Holy Spirit And Creation

Do you know the first place where the Holy Spirit is mentioned in the Bible?

The Holy Spirit is first mentioned in Genesis 1:2 right at the very beginning, at the creation of the earth.

The Holy Spirit, who is the third Person of the Trinity, has an essential part in the story of creation. Genesis 1:2 gives us a wonderful glimpse into how the Holy Spirit was involved in shaping the world. This study will help us understand the importance of the Holy Spirit in creation, what He is like, and how knowing His role can bring us closer to God.

God's spirit hovered over the water

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" 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." Genesis 1:2

The first chapter of Genesis describes the beginning of everything. Verse 1 tells us that God created the heavens and the earth, but verse 2 shows the earth as formless, empty, and dark. It was in this state of chaos that the Spirit of God was present, hovering over the waters.

The word for "Spirit" in Hebrew is "Ruach," which can also mean "wind" or "breath." This word shows us how active and life-giving the Holy Spirit is. The image of the Spirit hovering over the waters suggests He was ready to start creating, bringing order and life from the chaos. This is similar to how the Holy Spirit works in our lives, turning our chaos into God’s perfect order.

The spirit hovered over the waters

In Genesis 1:2, the word "hovering" paints a picture of a bird gently protecting her helpless chicks in the nest. This imagery helps us understand the Holy Spirit's tender care and powerful presence right from the beginning. God's Spirit was there, taking the formless mass, moving through the darkness, and filling the emptiness. He was preparing everything for God to speak the creative word and bring light into the world.

The Holy Spirit's hovering over the waters shows His readiness to transform chaos into order, bringing structure and life where there was none. This is exactly what the Holy Spirit does in our lives—He takes our chaos and turns it into God’s perfect plan!

the holy spirit and creation

Just as the Holy Spirit brought life to the empty world, He brings spiritual life to us. Jesus explains in John 3:5-8 that being born of the Spirit is essential for entering God’s Kingdom. The same Spirit that gave life to creation now gives us new life in Christ.

"Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”" John 3:5-8 ESV

Be encouraged! The Holy Spirit is always with us, ready to bring order to our chaos and breathe new life into our hearts. Trust in His transforming power and embrace the new life He offers.


Genesis 1:2 gives us a beautiful picture of the Holy Spirit's role in creation. Understanding His role helps us appreciate His work in our lives today. As we think about this verse, let's invite the Holy Spirit to bring His transformative power into every part of our lives, trusting in His constant presence and life-giving power.

Let's pray together:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Just as Your Spirit hovered over the waters at the beginning of creation, we invite Him to hover over our lives, bringing order to our chaos, renewal to our hearts, and nourishment to our spirits. Help us to recognize His presence, embrace His renewing power, and depend on His sustaining grace. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Who Is The Holy Spirit And What Does He Do? Online Bible Study and Printable Journal

who is the holy spirit and what does he do printable journal pdf

Dive even deeper into this study with our printable journal. This journal is designed to guide you through personal reflections and insights, enhancing your experience as you engage with the Scriptures and listen to the Holy Spirit. Grab your journal HERE.

Here are some questions to consider as you study the person of the Holy Spirit:

  1. What is the most important truth I learned about the Holy Spirit?

  2. Did the Holy Spirit convict me of anything that I need to change in my life?

 Come back tomorrow as we study Holy Spirit As Breath.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. May the Holy Spirit continue to lead you into a deeper relationship with God and empower you to live out your faith boldly and effectively.

Resources used in today's study on, Holy Spirit And Creation:

You may be encouraged by these resources:

  • Scriptural Grace Resource Library (FREE) HERE. 

  • Devotional Bible Studies For Women And Quiet Time Resources Forever Access Bundle HERE 

  • Printable Devotions For Women's Groups HERE

  • Names of God resources HERE 

  • Topical Bible plans HERE 

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