by Kristen C. Strocchia
“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day,’ and the darkness He called ‘night.’ And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day.” Genesis 1:3-5
Light. That which allows us to see. God spoke, and light entered the world–that formless, empty, watery darkness of earth’s beginning.
Every creature and plant to come would need this light first of all. God saw that it was good that creatures would be able to see and that His handiwork would be visible because of this all-illuminating light. Light was essential to the rest of His work.
But notice that God does not eliminate the darkness just because the light was good.
Darkness was also essential. That shadow that gives depth perception to understanding. That nighttime rest that refreshes the body and rests the eyes so they can be ready to perceive the light again.
Without light, there is no understanding of darkness. Similarly, without darkness, there is no understanding of light.
Our lives begin in the same state in which the world began–spiritual darkness. But God has spoken. He has decreed, Let there be light in our lives so that the truth can be made visible, and all mankind can clearly see.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse,” [Romans 1:20].
Light is God’s first testimony of Himself. Goodness is also a testimony to Him. The distinction of night and day–evening followed by morning–over and over and over again in perpetuity for 6,000-plus years without fail.
Is there light in your life to give testimony to God? Do you reflect His goodness so that those around you can see who He is?