Wednesday, April 20, 2016

We're created to SHINE in the darkness

"And God said, 'Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness.' And God saw that it was good."

"And God said, 'Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years..."

Without light we have no bearings. no structure; we don't know where we are, where we've come from or where we're going?  If there's no Sun, how do we calculate time?  If the moon doesn't orbit the earth and cycle through its phases, our concept of months and seasons would come unhinged.  Light produces order, clarity and a sense of bearing for life.

"God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night..."

I'm really drawn to this word "govern."  God create light "to govern" things.  The Hebrew word here is mash-al, which means "to have dominion, or to rule or reign over."  Light literally makes life possible.  Without the Sun, moon and stars we have no warmth, light, sense of time or direction.  Quite literally we are left out in the cold darkness, blind, and lost.

Some thoughts to ponder in light of (pun fully intended) our insights above:

Jesus is the LIGHT of the world. (John 8:12).  Jesus said his followers are also the LIGHT of the world. (Matthew 5:14)  Without Christ's presence--which today is experienced through His people (who are filled with His Spirit), there is no spiritual light in this world.  Without that spiritual light, there is no order, direction, sense of bearings or direction in life.

Paul wrote in Philippians 2:14-15 "Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, 'children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.' THEN YOU WILL SHINE AMONG THEM LIKE STARS IN THE SKY."


No wonder Jesus told us not to hide our light!

Until next time...
Blessings,
Brad

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