Tuesday, April 19, 2016

And God said, "Let there be light..." Genesis 1:3

“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. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.”  (Genesis 1:2-4)

“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep…”

Have you ever noticed that in the dark, everything is kind of formless? We can’t really see the definition of a thing in the dark.  A thing might be beautiful. It might possess amazing qualities, but all of that is lost in the darkness.

It’s only when a thing, or a person, is brought into the light that who, or what they really are can be seen.

“And God said, “Let there be light…” 

I think it’s significant that after the Bible makes the general declaration that God created the cosmos, His first distinct act is the creation of light.  John, in his first epistle, tells us that “God is light and in him there is no darkness at all” (John 1:5). So, it follows that light would beget light. All creations tend to reflect the nature of their creator in some way. Perhaps this is what David was getting at when he wrote,

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
                     the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1)

In God there is light to see… light to navigate… to learn, understand and appreciate beauty. It’s hard to do any of that in the dark.

“God saw that the light was good…” 

And light has been a metaphor for “goodness” ever since. When we think of light we are encouraged. Darkness bums us out. Light is a source of life. It can be harness and used to do all kinds of amazing things. It really is good.

“…and he separated the light from the darkness.” 

And life has been filled with choices between light and darkness ever since.  In the dark, things are empty, shapeless and void. But in the light, things come alive and we can see their purpose, design and beauty.

I’m glad God called me out of darkness and into his wonderful light!

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,” (Colossians 1:13)

Until next time...