Light in all of its forms surrounds us everywhere we go. It is so prevalent that we hardly pay attention to it—until for some unknown reason it ceases to be! Here in the 21st Century such seems impossible! We have all manner and means of manufacturing light—whatever the setting, wherever the place or however bright we feel we need it—it is virtually always here.
Why is light important? As we sit in a room suddenly overtaken by darkness, most of us undoubtedly have an unsettled feeling within. We may have a sudden urge to reach out and touch someone near us—just so that we can avoid a feeling of aloneness, vulnerability, uncertainty and danger!
So much of life depends upon light. Light emanates from various sources, but all sources are designed to produce the necessary brilliance for vision, movement, healing, revelation, clarity of purpose, sense of direction, even safety from unseen hazards.
Where does light come from? Is there One who is the source of light? Is that One also the Creator of life? Can the Creator of life be the Sustainer of life, the Judge of all life and ultimately the One who has legitimate power and authority to determine the end of life?
The answer to all of the above is a resounding YES!
Listen to a word from Genesis: “The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then 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” Genesis 1:2.
In these words, there is a foreboding sense of helplessness and powerlessness in an environment of “total” darkness. Time seems boundless but it also appears to be meaningless! Life has no context without light. There is no point of reference to help us focus without special equipment; nothing concrete to help distinguish reality versus fantasy, good versus evil, right versus wrong or sanity versus insanity.
The Spirit of the living God who hovered over the deep is both real and powerful; yet, the earth without light was also a planet without life. Darkness without the balance of light is a prohibitive environment for all forms of life.
God created light and the earth experienced a most glorious awakening! Life in all forms began to thrive, as the command to become fruitful and multiply stimulated a miraculous transformation in every species of life created by God.