Words from the Heart for Tuesday August 11th, 2020
And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
Revelation 22:5 (NRSV)
No More Night
One of the questions on the exam that pilots must pass in order to receive their license to fly has to do with the definition of day and night. You might think this is easy, but as one website says, “Transport Canada can and will make this a little more difficult.” Transport Canada describes night as: “the time between the end of evening civil twilight and the beginning of morning civil twilight.” And now you know when night is!
For most of human history when the sun set each evening, there was little to light the dark world except the moon and the stars. Fires would offer some relief from the dark, but night was a frightening time. Deeds done in the dark are usually not positive. In the Creation story, light appeared before God had created the sun. It was the powerful light of His presence that provided the light. Sin has prevented the light of God from shining into the world. But it won’t last forever. Just as Genesis tells us of the light of the glory of God, so Revelation tells us that such a light will once again shine. Revelation 22:5 says, “And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.” The narrative of the Bible is that God will restore all that was lost to sin. It is no coincidence that the first three chapters of the Bible have the same themes as they last three. The day is coming when there will no more night, for God’s blazing presence will again fill the earth.
These have been words from the heart.