Genesis 1:16-19 NIV “God made two great lights ̶ the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning ̶ the fourth day.”
Luke 11:34 NIV “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”
The primary focus for the year has been asking God to shine light hither and yon. God has answered those prayers in many ways.
But as I pondered the large list of verses on light that I have not used yet, I was drawn to the first two mentions of light on the first and fourth days; light and darkness were separated/segregated.
And this theme is throughout Scripture. The Hebrews had light in their homes. The Egyptians had dark.
People left on a trip at the first light of day.
But inside us, there is a commingling of light and darkness that is in a class of its own apparently. “. . . your body also is full of darkness.” I read that with disbelief and went to my Bible study program. After checking with several versions and then going to the Greek, it is quite clear (and distressing) that the word ‘also’ is actually there in the original.
How can darkness and light coexist anywhere, especially within me the worst possible place? I don’t know. I do know that the command is clear. “See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.”
Last week, moving toward God unexpectedly resulted in God revealing pus pockets of fear (darkness) within me.
If that is where God is going, I want to go there voluntarily, not under duress.
I invite you to pray that God will separate light from darkness in me, revealing the darkness for what it is, and showing where it is, so that it can be dealt with.
And pray for me to have the courage and faith to face each point of darkness in me and to deal with it effectively, with finality.
Copyright July 2014 by Arthur Burk