If you are a Christian like me, chances are that today you read Genesis 1. Why? Well, because a lot of Christians make the resolutions to read their Bible in one year and Genesis is where we start. Let me reassure you, we, Christians, are not perfect and this resolution has its ups and downs too but the goal is to remain close and in a constant relationship and communication with Jesus.
Now, regardless of how many times I read Genesis 1, I always have one tiny part jumping at me. I simply want to encourage you by my personal reading today. If you are not a Christian, I also encourage you to keep on reading because I believe there is a piece for you to help you during this year.
A light in darkness. A few thoughts…
Do you ever feel like surrounded by darkness? Bad news, bad reports, illness, family situations, terrorism, and you can make your own list… “Darkness was on the face of the earth” (Genesis 1:2). So, there you have, it was there before anything else was created. The first thing that God does is that He creates light. “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). But notice that He creates light before He creates the sun. He does not need the sun to be the light. He does not need the sun, a specific circumstance, a good doctor, a good political candidate, a good foreign policy… to be the light. Along with creating the light, He divided the light and the dark. He made it clear that there were two different things. There is good news and bad news, there are good reports and bad reports, there is health and sickness, and there are good family situations and bad ones…. And you can continue this list. There is light and there is darkness. These are different. Don’t call something bad something good or vice and versa.
Then, only on the 4th day, God creates the sun and the moon. “Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night”. (Genesis 1:16). What caught my attention today was that God divided the light and the dark. He did not erase the dark BUT He created a light in the dark. The dark remains but there is a light in it. He created a moon for the night. The light shines in darkness and darkness cannot overcome anymore. Regardless of how much darkness there is, there is always a light, a moon. He provided a light in darkness. He provided Jesus for the world. John 1:5 states about Jesus: “And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it”.
We just finished the Christmas season and I was reminded that Jesus came to be the light in darkness. It does not mean that darkness is erased. Not yet. Not now. A little longer. But it means that there is light in our darkness. There is light in our personal walk. Jesus said: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). We don’t have to walk in darkness anymore if we have Jesus by our side. You don’t have to feel overwhelmed by it anymore. You can be in the middle of the world, in the middle of darkness, in the middle of a life situation and walk in light with Jesus. Darkness can be separated from light and there is a light, a moon, in darkness. Be encouraged today as you walk this life… There is light and it is for you to grab on to.