God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. (1John 1:5)
Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. (Psalm 139:12)
Bang! The sound thundered in the night and woke me from a deep sleep. I could hear snow pelting against the window and thought I’d imagined flashes of light through the curtains. The wind seemed to hurl itself against the wall as though determined to break into our bedroom. It was 4:00 am and shaken awake, I was now curious to see what exactly was going on outside, so I got up! My sense of hearing told me a stormy story but I could see nothing in the darkness outside my window. Absolutely nothing! In a way, this is how parts of life feel right now. I can’t see what’s in front of me and much as I press my nose against the window of tomorrow and strain to know the “what”, “where”, and “how” of it, it remains hidden.
My choice is to bang around in the dark and try to see what I cannot or trust that God, who is Light, sees everything, everywhere, all the time.
That God is light is a blessed reality! NOTHING can hide from Him and NO THING is unknown to Him! We, being human, experience darkness when the sun goes down, when we don’t understand a thing, or when something is hidden from us. Most of our fears hide in the dark of unknowing. What frightens you? What threatens your peace? AW Tozer once said that “What we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
Knowing that God IS light chases our fears into the middle of a holy radiance that shatters the darkness!
Life might sound like a stormy story and we may not be able to see through the night, but we can keep trusting that even the darkness is not dark to God…it is as bright as day! We can keep receiving His gifts of light and let each ray shine on our doubts and fears. On that stormy morning I sat by the glow of a warm fire and watched the sun defeat darkness yet again! It became God’s literal Word of light to me! Can you hear it?
God is Light. He can see in the dark! He knows what’s in front of us and will always be faithful to defeat the darkness and be our daily Light!
“Father, I am deeply comforted that You are light. It quiets my fears and gives me strength in the dark places. Thank you that you keep seeing what’s in front of me. It’s all lit up! Help me to notice your gifts of light today. Amen.”
How about you?
What frightens you? What threatens your peace?
Have you ever noticed that light brings hope?
How does the sun coming up make you feel? What about candlelight, twinkling stars, or moonlight?
How might knowing that God is light be important in your life?
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