This week Norma Jean and I are in Tampa, Florida, attending the Florida College Lectures. This year’s theme is: “Light Shall shine Out of Darkness: God’s Light in an Age of Darkness.”
In the forward to the lecture book, Florida College President Buddy Payne wrote, “Ever since the beginning of the world, God has proven Himself to be the Giver of Light in all its forms. He inhabits light. He is light. He made the light of this world, and He has sent His spiritual light to earth personably in Jesus, who Himself is the Light of the World. Everything God is and does is described as light.”
The Bible affirms this. The apostle John wrote, “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” ( I john 1:5).
God is the Creative Light. The first verse of the Bible says “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Last night, Florida College Bible professor, David McClister provided a fresh look at the creative power of God. He said, “creating is what God does. The second verse of the Bible says, “the earth was formless and void and darkness was over the face of the deep.”
With God’s words “Let there be light,” God began the six days of creation. He gave order to that which was empty. Void. And chaotic. McClister correctly said that “God was putting something of Himself into His creation. The world was made to bear the image of God, to be a place of light.”
God’s Light is reflected in the people created for His purpose. Noah, “found grace in the eyes of the Lord,” in a world of wickedness. The people God created had plunged into moral chaos. Their thoughts and imaginations were evil continually. But, God intervened. He cleansed the world and created something new and fresh.
Later God called Abraham to gave him a promise that would ultimately result in God’s Light being revealed in the flesh. It is fascinating to see the unfolding of this plan and read of the providence of God.
With the formation of the nation of Israel and through their long history, God’s Light enlightened the spiritual darkness that was prevalent in the world. The Psalmist penned, “For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness” (Ps 18:28)
God’s Light was revealed in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ. John’s gospel begins, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
Jesus confirmed this truth when he simply said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
God’s Light is to be seen in Christians. We are His new creation. David McClister expressed it this way: “As (God) took dirt and made it into something bearing his own image, so He takes us, defiled and dirty with sin, and remakes us, He restores us into that holy image once again in Christ.” (Eph 4:23-24; 2 Co 5:17; Col 3:9-10).
Creating. Transforming. Reviving. And renewing. That’s our God. The God of Light.
“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.(2 Cor 4:6
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman