Psalm 119:105 describes God’s word as a lamp to guide your steps. As you read your Bible this week, let God illuminate and direct your path.
Genesis 1 reveals the Creation story, but in many ways, it’s a reflection of our new birth as believers in Christ. Light, change, purpose.
Not much good comes from lurking in the shadows. What areas of your life do you need to bring into the light and confess before the Lord?
In Genesis 1:4, God called the light good. When our sin is brought to our attention, it feels painful. Let God illuminate it, anyway.
I don’t know about you, but I was pretty certain that I had my life figured out at 19. I knew what career I would pursue, where I would live, the boy I was going to marry, and that we would have four kids together (two boys and two girls—to alleviate some of the sibling rivalry that my brother and I experienced).
As life would have it, though, I never did marry that boy; I’m in a completely different career now; I live in another part of the country; and suffice it to say, God had a sense of humor when it came to allocating my children.
Why is it that we think we have to have our whole lives planned out in advance? Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for setting goals, but we have to be willing to make allowances for change, as well. How can we take steps of faith when God calls us down a different path if we are locked into a certain outcome for our lives?
Even the Creation story echoes this notion. Check out Genesis 1:1-3, where God began by separating light from darkness. He didn’t start with creating mankind, or even sculpting the earth. In fact, verse 2 says, “The earth was formless and empty” (NLT). God built his creation one step at a time: light before form.
Perhaps it’s just me, but I think we often grope through life in the dark trying to get things just-so, when what we really need to do is focus on the Lord first and foremost.
King Solomon mused in Ecclesiastes 2:13-14, “Wisdom is better than foolishness, just as light is better than darkness. For the wise can see where they are going, but fools walk in the dark.” If your life doesn’t look like you’d hoped or planned at this point, perhaps a good first step would be to examine the influences of “light” and “darkness.” What are you involved in that reflects the goodness of God? By contrast, what areas of sin in your life are lurking in the shadows?
Christians can go through dark times, too. In Eph. 1:18, Paul prays for their hearts to be “flooded with light” and hope. Amen!
Job 24:13 reminds us that there will be folks who “rebel against the light.” Instead of discouraging you, let it push you to shine brighter!