New International Version (NIV)
3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
What is light? According the Miriam-Webster dictionary light is simply a source of energy that makes it possible to see things.
Throughout scripture light is used to refer to God and Christ in various ways, but when we think of light as being the aforementioned source of energy we can begin to see why the biblical authors would use such a word.
It is a word to represent power, strength, illumination, guidance, protection, and glory. It is a word that is cross-cultural and describes an element that every living human being would know: the sun.
Everyone is familiar with light whether in America, or a third world country, whether they were born before or after Thomas Edison. Light is something we hold onto. It is safety in the dark. It reveals what is lurking in the shadows and causes them to run.
To ascribe the properties of light to the one true God demonstrates that He is Almighty, all consuming, caring, compassionate, and above all things. He is the one who commands the darkness to flee.
As we enjoy the sun and its light let us reflect and remember that this was God’s first creation and gift to all of the world. He created light to guide the way and separate the darkness. The sun may be powerful, but the Trinity is infinite.
How have you seen God’s power at work in your life?
What does His light in your life look like?