And the Light Was Good

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God 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

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Light Fades into the Western Horizon | Whidbey Island, WA | January 2019

Beyond the need to be in an attitude of humility and accountability before God, and a holy reverent fear of God, we must also give God praise for his majestic creative glory. The first assessment of God of his creation – that of light – was to see that it was good.

God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. -Genesis 1:3-4

As an avid amateur photographer I have taken this up as my tag line in my email signature. It speaks volumes. If you’ve ever been completely in the dark you know how precious light is. I’ve experienced it in my high school photography darkroom. But that was short-lived, and if I wanted to spoil the film, but needed to turn on the light, I could. I’ve experienced it in a power outage, but that only for a time. I’ve experienced it out in the middle of nowhere – extreme southern Colorado to be exact. But the darkness of the night blazed with the glory of a million stars.

To be entirely in the dark is a harsh and distressing thing. Mice – when placed in a pail of water with the light on will swim for hours. Turn off the lights and they quickly drown. Deprive someone of light and their bearings evaporate. Some people suffer from SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.

Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), medications and psychotherapy.

But God created light and saw that it was good. This is the first note in God’s creative symphony. It telegraphs what is yet to come. Other good things will be created. And those things will be seen. Visible. Observable.

This is good. For God wishes not only to create, but to be known as our Creator. He reveals himself in creation. “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature” (Romans 1:20 NLT). Light itself is testimony to God’s majesty, power, and divine attributes. It also illumines the world around us which testify to God’s glorious, divine, design, and power. For the light still shines.

That light shines most fully in Jesus Christ who claimed that he was the light of the world. He enlightens all things necessary to know, love, fear, trust, and obey God. That is a subject for tomorrow.

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