And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)
We have just completed a series of devotional readings on Being Led by the Spirit. The series concluded by showing that the ultimate purpose of our lives is to personally experience the love of God as it is made known to us in every situation, and then let God make it known through us to others.
With that in mind I thought it would be to your benefit to discuss the revelation of God’s love for the next few days. This, coupled with the previous postings, will give you a firm footing in this world. (If you have not yet read the previous posts, may I encourage you to do so?)
Now let’s proceed on our journey.
“And God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light” (Genesis 1:3). This is the very first thing we are told in the Bible. By this we learn that God speaks, and that what He says happens. So let’s focus here on what He said: “Let there be light.” What do you suppose that means?
Before you answer, consider this fact. On Day One of Creation, God said, “Let there be light” and there was light. But He did not create the sun, moon, and stars until Day Four. Therefore, the phrase, “Let there be light”, cannot mean sunshine. What, then, does it mean?
The only way we can know for certain is to let the Bible itself tell us. And we do that by paying attention to what the Bible says about “light” in other places.
We turn to the New Testament and find that John the Beloved writes, “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). So, with this in mind, when we read that God said, “Let there be light” — we now understand it to mean that God was saying, “Let there be a revelation of Me!” But, there’s more. For as we look once again at John’s letter we find that he goes on to say, “God is love”(ch.4:8, and 16).
Ahhh, so God is Light; and God is Love. It is here that John puts the literal and the figurative side by side. God is Love — that’s literal. God is Light — that’s figurative. And both mean the same thing. One is a metaphor of the other. When we see the word “light” in the Bible, and it is not talking specifically about natural light, then we can conclude that it is a figurative reference to the Love of God.
Thus, on Day One when God in the beginning said, “Let there be light!” – He was saying, “Let there be a revelation of My love!”
And there was.
This means that everything that has happened from Day One forward — even unto this present hour — has as its singular purpose the revealing of God’s love to us one way or another. We will look at this in greater detail tomorrow.