>(3) Then God said, “Let there be light “; and there was light. (4) God saw that the light was good ; and God separated the light from the darkness. (5) God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
“Then God said…” God spoke everything into existence. In those few words are exhibited God’s power and authority. God said it, so it happened. With His words God willed all of creation.
“…’Let there be light.’; and there was light.” God commanded light into existence and immediately it was there. God has the power to not only create light, He also has the power to compel immediate obedience.
“God saw that the light was good;” What light is there in your life? Is it good? Is it useful and beneficial? Light serves a great purpose in our lives. In addition to illumination, it gives us depth and color. Light generates energy which in turn generates warmth. The energy light produces also helps our plants to grow. Jesus, as the light of our world, exposes the sin in our lives. This gives us the opportunity to repent and grow in our Christian lives. He gives our lives depth and color. His gives us the energy to grow more Christ-like. He fuels our lamps so that we may shine His message to the world. Without Jesus my world would be a very dark place indeed.
I’m rather curious about this. The next part of the verse says, “and God separated the light from the darkness.” Light by its very nature dispels darkness. It illuminates the dark corners where we want to hide our dirty laundry. How is it that it needed to be separated from the darkness? I’ve been meditating on this for a while. The image that comes to my mind when I think of this part of verse 4 is of an astronaut as he walks in space. According to Hollywood, it is dark in space, there is no source of light. However, you can see because of the reflection of light from the sun and stars. Hmm, I believe this one needs more meditation.
“God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” I read a devotional recently, it spoke on the subject of the Jewish night and day. Most of the modern world patterns their day after the Roman tradition of midnight to midnight, forcing us to begin our days with rising in the morning. The Jews, among other cultures, started their days at sundown the night before. The thought in this devotional is that we should start our days resting in the Lord’s embrace, resting and refueling, letting God energize us for the day ahead. That is an appealing thought to me.
Well, I will be musing on these thoughts over the next few days. Maybe I’ll be writing more…