Genesis 1:3-5 (NKJV)
Imagine if you will, complete darkness. I’ve only seen complete darkness one time in my life and that was in a dream. In the dream the darkness was in reference to someone who was without God. The dream was one of the most ominous I’ve had. The darkness was so black that it frightened me. I realized that folks who intentionally refuse to turn to God live in that kind of darkness. That dream is forever etched in my mind. It changed me. It made me realize how sad and alone people without God...the LIGHT are every day of their lives.
In the beginning, there was darkness before God created light. Without God, there would be no light. That means no physical light but it also means no SPIRITUAL light.
In Genesis 1:3-5 we learn, “Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.”
I’ve never been afraid of the dark, but I think that’s because I’ve never really been in the dark. For as long as I can remember, the light of Jesus has been with me. Until, I had the dream about the blackness of the dark, I didn’t even know how black the dark is for some people. God knows what life is like for people who do not know Him. When I pray for people who don’t know the light of God, I hurt and I cry. Living like that would be hard...harder than I can even imagine.
I believe when God said “let there BE light” the act of God speaking BE Light created light. God knew He was giving us a way to SEE His light spiritually, and He was also giving us physical light.
A second element to this section of scripture is in Genesis 1:4. God saw when light that had been created and He knew it was GOOD. God knew because of the light the universe would not have to live in darkness. I am a Superhero Marvel fan, and I love movies. This week I watched “Thor: The Dark World” and I was reminded of another aspect of the dark. The people, creatures who are dark in the movie were evil. I do realize that it was written so that I would see Thor as the good guy, and the dark Malekith creeps as the bad guys. The movie writers succeeded in making me believe the Malekith were bad. They were so bad that Thor needed to eradicate them.
In real life, I am called and you are called to recognize the good and distinguish it from bad. We choose. We make a life choice to walk with God, but we possess the capability to choose daily to turn to God each time we are confronted with evil in our world. The choices in our world are not so clear. Thor knew who his enemies were and he knew he needed to fight against them. It’s like they were easy to spot because they were dark and wore dark clothing.
Evil in our world is not so easy to spot. Even though God created day and night, evil in our world is everywhere. Even in the daylight, we can be confronted with dark choices. I supposed I should say, we ARE confronted with choices.
When we are confronted daily, the LIGHT is ever before us. God stands with us and is ready to fight FOR us. Unlike Thor, we do not have to fight to battle. God fights for us.
What’s remarkable to me...really remarkable is that through Jesus, God made the choosing instantaneous and easy. All we have to do it ever so slightly ‘think’ of God and turn our mind to Him. When we turn, we see His light fighting for us.
We are not alone.
We don’t have to BE in the darkness because God stands with us. Unlike Thor, we also do not have to face the uncertainty of what tomorrow might bring. We have the promise of the LIGHT and it is good!
Today’s Spiritual Practice is: Turn to God
Whatever fear or disappointment you have, turn to God and give it to Him. Pretend your fear is inside a box that has a ribbon tied tightly around the box. Take the box and give it to Jesus. Do not pick it back up. Leave it with God.
Now, it’s His to deal with.
In Jesus, Deborah