Let There Be Light

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Holy Father,

Thank You that You are Light, and in You, there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). Your Face is like the sun in all its brilliance, and the essence of Your glory illumines everything around You (Revelation 1:16, 18:1). Your radiance is like sunlight with beams shining from Your Hand (Habakkuk 3:4 ISV). Thank You, Father of Lights, for sending us the Light of the world (John 8:12). 

Despite Your brightness, there is still much darkness around us. “The whole world lies in the power of the evil one,” and the devil is working tirelessly to darken our understanding of You (1 John 5:19; Ephesians 4:18). Our society has become futile in its speculations, and many hearts have become blackened (Romans 1:21). Our earth seems to have returned to formlessness and void (Hebrew: “toho” and “bohu,”) and darkness blankets the eyes of the nations (Genesis 1:2).

But then we remember that Light easily displaces darkness. You specialize in calling forth illumination where none previously existed (James 1:17; Genesis 1:3; Romans 4:17). We are encouraged to remember that the night always seems blackest before the dawn.

You created our world between heaven’s bright Light and hell’s utter darkness. In this earthly area, juxtaposed between heaven and hell, You said, “light be,” and light was. But then, You purposefully left darkness within our experience. Day and night, light and dark, flesh and spirit cycle through our lives, reminding us that we have a daily choice between Your way and the world’s way.

In the same way that night falls each evening, times change because You created them to do so. First-century Christians met with both joy and sorrow, so I suppose I can expect both in my life as well (1 Peter 5:9). Jesus said, “In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer” (John 16:33). 

Awaiting the dawn gives me hope. Hope to know that the ups and downs I experience are not abnormal (1 Peter 4:12). Confidence to believe that You created me to withstand whatever comes my way, whether light or darkness, joy or pain (1 Corinthians 3:9).

Since Your glory has risen upon us, may Your people arise and shine (Isaiah 60:1). Help us put aside the darkness of grumbling and complaining so that we may appear as lights in this world (Philippians 2:14-15). We remember that “the one who says he is in the light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now” (1 John 2:9). 

So, as a child of light, I’d like to borrow a phrase from You (Ephesians 5:8). I declare: “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). Into the life of every anxiety-ridden child, let there be light. Into the heart of every traumatized adult, let there be light. Into betrayal, manipulation, and downright evil — Father, send Your light. This Light is always brighter than any other darkness (1 John 4:4). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.