LET THERE BE LIGHT(Pt.1)

 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 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. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. (Genesis 1:1-5 NIV)

As we are witnesses to the most decadent culture perhaps in human history we must ask, “What has caused such an acceleration of darkness?” As a culture we have become dark in our thinking and therefore dark in our living. As human beings we have almost lost the capacity to blush at the darkness around us. Why so? Could it be that the record of the Bible is proving its truthfulness in spite of it being ignored? “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. (John 3:19-21 NIV)

GOD AS CREATOR

The Bible opens with a naked statement, “In the beginning God created…”(Genesis 1:1). The alternative to God as Creator is that human beings become their own creator and make up a script that suits their own selfish end. Someone said, “God created Man in His image and Man, in turn, returned the compliment”; meaning that human beings have produced a god fashioned in their own likeness. The prophet announced the word of the LORD to His people Israel, “I have this against you…You thought I was such a one as you”. They had become so out of touch with reality, not seeing God for Who He really was…They invented a god of their convenience. “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened”(Romans 1:21 NIV).

WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?

What are the alternatives to the lack of a revelation of God as Creator? Without God as Creator there can be no God as Redeemer. Without God as the Creator of Light we are left with “Darkness, emptiness and chaos”. Life becomes an existence of hopelessness and despair. Further, the psalmist explains that “The fool says in his heart “There is no God.” They are corrupt; their deeds are vile; There is no one who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one. Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; They never call on the Lord”(Psalm 14:1-4 NIV). Without the God of Light as Creator there can be no separation of “light from the darkness”. Nor can there be any separation of “the day from the night”. And consequently,if there is no separation…Darkness rules(by default)for the absence of Light.

SHINE AS LIGHTS

We must with grateful hearts acknowledge the light of His presence even in the midst of a world full of darkness. God never leaves Himself without witnesses to the Light. Hence we understand that even when Egypt was a world power, God sent Joseph ahead of the darkness of a coming famine to preserve life. He foreshadowed Jesus Christ sent into a world of darkness and death as the Light of Life for all who would trust in Him (See John 1:1-4,11-12). Recall also how God sent Daniel (And a new generation of god-fearing friends)into captivity of a dark Babylonian system. Daniel proved (Under five regime changes!) that God rules over the darkness as well as the madness of human governments (Read Daniel 6:25-26). What was Daniel secret? He refused to place his light under a bushel basket. Although he could not choose the environment of the culture, he could personally chose not to dim the light. We too must choose, knowing that “Light has come into the world” and “the darkness cannot…will not over power it (See John 1:5). By Daniel’s choice to be light in the midst of a dark and corrupt world meant that he able to rule in the midst of the night. He understood that although he was in the midst of darkness he did not have to be a part of it. God’s creative order will be His redemptive order in the end, “The evening and the morning” of a New Day. Through Jesus Christ, He will finish everything in Light. “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty”(2 Corinthians 6:17-18 NIV).

 

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