Thursday, January 10, 2008

Let There Be Light

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

The first words we have on record of God speaking are highly instructive. "Let there be light" means far, far more than mere sunshine. In fact, the sun and moon were not made until the 4th day of Creation, yet Light was already so. What, then, did God mean when He said, "Let there be light"?

To find the asnwer, we need to look elsewhere in the BIble to see if there is any "light" shed upon this mystery.

The first thing we discover is that the Bible tells us -- "God is light" (1John 1:5). The same author later writes twice that "God is love" (ch. 4:8, and 4:16). Thus we can surmise that "light" and "love" are spiritual synonyms; interchangable with one another without compromising the express meaning of either.

With this in mind, we look back at the Genesis declaration and conclude that when God said, "Let there be Light," He was in fact saying -- "Let there be a revelation of My love!"

And there was.

In fact, everything that occurs in creation and in the Bible from that moment forward is in complete compliance with that unalterable decree. And the implications of this for us today are profound.

What would each day hold in store for us if we walked through every situation looking for how this or that could reveal something of God's love to us. And just maybe, once we began to see this, we ourselves could learn to reveal God's love to others around us.

Let there be light! -- the single most powerful sentence you could ever say.

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