Hebrew Word: רָחַף hover – rachaph: relax
Webster’s Dictionary – hover:
1. (n.) A cover; a shelter; a protection.
2. (v. i.) To hang fluttering in the air, or on the wing; to remain in flight or floating about or over a place or object; to be suspended in the air above something.
3. (v. i.) To hang about; to move to and fro near a place, threateningly, watchfully, or irresolutely.
Context: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 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.” (Genesis 1:1)
Interpretation: Before God created the world, He was thinking about it, protecting it and making decisions. After hovering (moving) over the waters for an undetermined time, He began to speak His Word into existence. And the Word which was spoken was “light” which had the power to pierce the darkness.
And from that light, all creation followed (Genesis 1: 1-3, John 1: 1-5).
Application: Allow the spiritual truth that has come through the Holy Spirit be completed first in your mind. Half-baked ideas, uncompleted thoughts can result in error. Let God complete it through prayer, virtual application and through knowledge of His Word – which has the power to discern men’s heart and thoughts and purify them so that they may be shared and spoken.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help me to study your Word as a good and wise steward, discerning the truth and allowing your Holy Spirit to guide me in application before sharing the fruit of it whether spoken or written. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15
“Allow the Lord to pierce your understanding with His light, which is His Word and then follow. Every good thing will find its purpose and place in your life” (John 8:12, Romans 8:28, Matthew 6:33). DF