Light of the World

He holds the universe – all the stars, the suns, the moons, the galaxies – in the palms of His hands.


Our world is His canvas and each night He shows us exactly who He is through the colors in the sky.

He shows us His promises.

He reminds us of hope.

He asks us to have faith.

He paints the picture of true love.

I was reading through Genesis the other day and something stuck out to me. When God talks about the creation of the sun and the moon, he doesn’t refer to one as light and one as darkness. He describes them both as “two great lights.” Here’s what the Bible says, “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth” (Genesis 1:16-17 KJV). He describes them as two great lights – one as the “greater” light and one as the “lesser.” This is so beautiful to think about. I can’t help but relate this to the sunset and the stars. God has given us so many reminders that even in what we may think is great darkness, there is always a twinkle of light. And we can often find it in many places in many forms.

Look at your current life situation. Maybe you feel like you’re in a dark place. Maybe the world around you is swallowed in darkness. Maybe the darkness has made its way into your thoughts.

Something I’ve been learning is that we’re never completely in the dark. We’re never so far in the shadows of our fears and failures that not even a tiny bit of light can’t get through.

The light isn’t always easy to find. Sometimes it’s as grand and magnificent and revealing as the best of sunsets. Sometimes it covers us in its beauty – it doesn’t take much to find it.But there are other times and other situations where the light isn’t always so easy to see. It isn’t always so obvious; it isn’t always something as photo worthy as a sunset. Sometimes it’s a faint star on the cloudiest of nights. It’s a crescent moon – one that is just barely visible through the clouds that block our view.

Do you see the similarities in these two situations?

The clouds are blocking our view. Something is blocking our view.

Sure, the light isn’t always easy to find. But just because it’s hard to pick out immediately doesn’t mean it’s dim. It means we’re letting something block our view – we’re letting something deceive us into thinking there was darkness that was great enough to dim the light.

And when we finally push past those things and we conquer the darkness in our hearts and minds, we see a great and powerful light is often revealed to us. If you need a visual of this, it’s written in the sky. The sun rises each morning. It shines through drawn curtains and finds us once more. It represents the promise of a new day. The sun sets each night. It paints a beautiful picture across the sky: splashes of the most vibrant colors reminding us that it will return when the morning comes. The stars flood the sky. The moon casts its light. Both remind us that total darkness doesn’t truly exist – that no matter what time of day there is always the presence of light.

Remove whatever is blocking your view of the light. May we never forget that even in our darkest moments there is still light chasing us down – eager to flood in and wrap us up in its goodness.

Verses:

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'” – John 8:12, ESV

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105, ESV

“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” – Ephesians 5:8, ESV

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