We could probably dissect this one verse for days. Theologians have. But all I want to do is share a few thoughts that land on me when I read it.
I’m amazed, in awe, every time I think of God speaking. And when God speaks, unfathomable things happen. When He speaks God either creates something (in this case light) or He moves and shakes the world (dividing the sea so thousands of Jews could cross on dry land to possess the land He gave them). He writes another line in His Story.
And how awesome is light! God can provide bright light, dim light, filtered light, match light, sunlight, (not moon light, though. It’s reflected light, but still light) candle light, fluorescent light, stop lights, neon light, to name a few. Despite the variety of light God created, there is only one kind of dark. Dark is not real. The dark God created is simply the absence of light. When light comes, darkness disappears. Dark vanishes.
The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined. Isaiah 9:2
The light of Christ responds the same way in our lives. Any time we face the threat of darkness, any time we feel the light going dim, the light of Christ can chase it away. All we have to do to is run into His presence, into His marvelous light.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Another thing that fascinates me about light is its power. You can find yourself in a dark room, no matter how big or small the room. All you have to do is light one candle, one match. Or turn on a flashlight and the room transforms. Darkness disappears. The light has come. Now, it may be a dim light. You may not be able to distinguish every shape and color, you might see some shadows, but one tiny source of light illuminates the whole room and chases all the darkness away.
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