Has there ever been a time in your life where you felt like that? Formless and empty? I know there have been times in my life when I have felt empty. I know that I felt that way before I knew Jesus.
Although the earth was formless and empty, Scripture reminds us that there is a hope. The second half of Genesis 1:2 reminds us that the Spirit of God was "hovering over the surface of the waters". The Spirit of God was present, and the Spirit of God began to give form to the universe, as well as to fill the earth.
The rest of Genesis 1 and 2 show God finishing His creation in steps. He begins with light (Genesis 1:3), continues through the animals that inhabit earth (Genesis 1:25), and finishes perfecting His creation with mankind, man and woman (Genesis 1:27). In the end, God called His creation "very good" (Genesis 1:31).
Just as God took steps in creating the universe, God also takes steps in bringing us closer to Christ. I believe that He wants to perfect us. I also believe that He will do that in steps. He is constantly pulling us closer to Christ.
In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul talks about God creating a new person. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul writes that "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation." Before we came to Christ, we were a creation that was without form. We were a creation that was empty. Everyone who is found in Christ, however, is no longer formless and empty. Anyone who is found in Christ is a brand new creation. Just as God called his physical creation "very good" after perfecting it, God also sees His new creation as "very good".