“And 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. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”Genesis 1:3-5
I went to the Grand Canyon several years ago, and we arrived later in the evening to rest up for the hike down the canyon the following day. As we entered the park, there were no street lights and all we could see was what the headlights from our vehicle illuminated. We got out to look around and the moon was intermittently hidden by the clouds that were moving briskly across the sky and the stars were glowing and glistening amidst their dark background. It is hard to imagine our world without light, but there was a time when it was completely dark and there were no stars or moons to light up the night sky.
In contrast to that, I remember going on our honeymoon to Vegas, and Rebekah and I were anxious to get to our destination. We meant to leave earlier than we did, but we got off to a late start – a habit that still happens to this day. It was summer, so the sun did not set until 8:15 pm or so, but the desert became quite dark after the sun had went down. We travelled along in the dark and as we neared our destination, the sky seemed to shine in the distance. We came over the mountain and the Vegas lights lit up the dark desert sky. We had never been to Vegas, and we were in awe of how brightly the city shone from a distance.
The lights from the strip shone throughout the night, and there were lights flashing everywhere we went. While downtown, there did not seem to be a pocket of darkness one could find as light emitted from all different directions and angles. We had to pull the shades tight even at night due to the bright lights of the city, and if we opened our hotel room door, the lights emulated from the casino floor. I had never seen some many lights in my life, and I was glad I did not have to pay the electric bill to keep those lights on.
I think of the world as we know it now, and it is hard to imagine a time when there was no light, no fire, no candles, and no switch to flip. The world was in total darkness until almighty God said, “Let there be light.” There may have been times when we thought there was no light, but the light God created has not gone out since God instituted it into the world. Even in the darkest of places, the stars twinkle with light and the moon provides its glow.
When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, the light entered into my life. I was no longer relegated to eternal darkness and damnation, but I was given eternal life with the One who is the source of all light. Exodus 34:29 states, “And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables (tablets) of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist (knew) not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him (God).” I cannot wait for my face to shine after being in His presence where I will be with Him for all of eternity. The light of the world is Jesus.
Do you know of this eternal light that is Jesus, or are you facing eternal darkness and damnation? If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, does the world know of the light that is within you? Do you shine in a dark world or have you allowed sin to hide your light? A dark world is in need of the light of the world, and does not need more darkness from Christians. Will you shine the light? Will you point others to the light? May we never forget the darkness we were in, and we may be forever grateful for the light that will never burn out.