01/01/2018 Let There Be Light

READING: Genesis 1-2

“Then God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light.”

Genesis 1:3

The God of the Bible commanded it, and it happened. And it was good. And orderly. And intentional. He said, “Let there be light,” and light happened. He spoke, and darkness moved. Creation moved at His Word.

This same God makes Himself known to us through His Word, a Word that He “breathed” through men carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Pet. 1:20-21). He is not only the God of creation, but He is also a God who relates to that creation. He is no watchmaker God who creates and steps away. He is no god chiseled out of stone. He created the world for His glory, created human beings in His image, and loved them—so much so that He would eventually send His Son to die for them in their sin. He would bring light to His children when they were caught in the kingdom of darkness (Col. 1:13).

We know that story, I trust. In fact, we sometimes know it so well that we take it for granted. We fail to see the miraculous in all of this story. We allow the love and grace that drive the story to become so “normal” that it no longer amazes us. We forget how deeply in darkness we once were, and we miss how much it cost God to bring us into the light.

This year, let’s agree together to take God at His Word and follow Him fully. May He grant us grace to be renewed light in a dark, dark world.

ACTION STEPS: 

  • Start this year by remembering how God first came to you in your darkness. Thank Him for His grace.
  • Regardless of where your spiritual walk is today, make a renewed commitment to Him.

PRAYER: “God, this is Your year. I commit myself to follow You as light in the darkness.”       

TOMORROW’S READING: John 1:1-3; Psalm 8; 104