On A Mission Devotional: From Darkness to Light

Apr 09, 2018

Genesis 1:1-5 (CSB)

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 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.” There was an evening, and there was a morning: one day.

 

For many of us as God’s creation, we began life in darkness. We were lost, formless, and empty. For most of us, this was the life we knew. We knew the dark worlds of addiction and pornography. We knew the emptiness of our poor choices. We knew the loneliness of abuse and broken relationships. We knew a life filled with jealousy, rage, discontentment, and deceit.

But the Spirit of God has long since been hovering over His creation calling us out of the darkness and, for some, we at once were able to see the goodness of God’s light in our dark and tainted hearts. However, for some, it may have taken decades for us to see the light of Jesus. Nonetheless, Jesus is our way out of the darkness, “For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6, CSB). Before there was a Sun, there was The Son of God in Jesus shining His light like a lighthouse, a beacon of hope in the fog of life. Through Jesus, we are given form and filled with light, joy, hope, and goodness. God saw that the light was good, and this is the work of Jesus in our lives. When we become followers of Jesus, He sees the light and form of Jesus, not our darkness and not our chaos. He takes our empty, formless, and chaotic lives and begins to shine His light into our hearts bringing order and peace.

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