Words from the Heart for Thursday January 4th, 2018
God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light.
Genesis 1:3 (NIRV)
Let There Be Light
The darkness is never greater than the light! In this very first day of creation it is the word which God speaks that is the instrument He uses. His word is powerful. His word brings light. Have you read His Word yet today? Be encouraged that darkness can never hide from our God. Darkness will flee as we address any situation with the power of God’s word.
In 1793, the British colony of Upper Canada, led by Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe, a Loyalist military officer, became the first province in the Empire to move toward abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. In 1807, the British Parliament prohibited the buying and selling of slaves, and in 1833 abolished slavery throughout the Empire. Thousands of slaves escaped from the United States, following the light of “the North Star” and settled in Canada via the Underground Railroad, a Christian anti-slavery network.
Darkness is a frightening thing. In our day, we can go our entire life without experiencing absolute darkness. We usually deal with the opposite – light pollution – and as a result often don’t get the sleep that we should be getting. But when God began the creation process, there was no light except the light of His presence. Until He speaks light. Genesis 1:3 says, “God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light.” At this point, God has not yet created the sun, stars and moon, so the light that He introduces into creation must have been His own presence. God always brings light into darkness. Jesus Himself proclaimed that He is the light of the world, and later He would tell His followers that they are the light of the world. In Revelation, when the new heaven and new earth are created, there will be no need for the sun and moon, for the glory of God gives it light and the Lamb is the lamp. What a profound thought that in the earliest moments of creation, the light of God shines into the darkness, just as it will again when redemption is complete.
These have been words from the heart.