God Turns Our Darkness Into Light

God Turns Our Darkness To Light

God Turns Our Darkness Into Light

By, James L. Thornton

In The Beginning, God Created The Light To Illuminate The World And Dispel The Darkness:

“Darkness was upon the face of the deep” Genesis 1:2. In the beginning, there was no dawn to end the night, no sun to warm the day, no moonlight reflected in the swirling water, no silhouettes against the sky, no sky, no horizon, just a never-ending night!

Genesis 1:3. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

What was that first light like? Was it a soft, gradual illumination of the darkness like the dawning of a new day? Was it a shaft of brilliant glory? And how was it possible since the sun, moon, and stars were not brought into existence until the fourth day of Creation? Scientists tell us that there is light in the universe apart from the sun, such as phosphorescence or the light from radiation or the aurora borealis.

And the Bible (1 John 1:5) tells us physical light is associated with the very presence of God—so much so that in heaven there will be no need for a sun, moon, and stars because the light of God’s glory will illumine everything. Perhaps on the first day of Creation God lifted the veil that had hidden Him from the earth and in some way the glory of His presence was revealed. Whatever the unknown technical explanation may be, we know the light came in response to God’s Word.

God didn’t leave our environment in a murky, dusky twilight. “And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first days” (Genesis 1:4–5).

While the light described was literal it has wonderful analogy and personal meaning for you and me because the light in the spiritual sense represents the truth, clarity, spiritual understanding, and discernment we receive from God’s written Word. The Psalmist praised God because “the unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

In what area of your life do you need illumination?

God’s written Word and the answers we find there to turn our darkness into light. The Psalm 119:105 says, God’s Word “is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

Saul of Tarsus remembering his encounter with the light on his way to Damascus later described it, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6).  The apostle John said that “in him was life, and that life was the light of men.”

His life is our light, our meaning, our reason for living, our fulfillment and satisfaction and joy and peace! Surely, if God could lean down out of heaven and invade the life of Saul of Tarsus, shining His Light into Saul’s life in such a way that his life was transformed, He is able to do the same for you and me and anyone we know!

John says the Light has come! He is the living Word who was at the beginning with God, who Himself was God, who became flesh! His name is Jesus!

James & Mary Lee Thornton



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