A while back I wrote a blog (who invented that term anyway? - it sounds like something fat and slobbish - it certainly has no poetry about it) and that particular blog was about "speaking light into darkness" - at the time I told a person who commented on the blog I had more I'd like to say on the subject & I'd say it the next day - well, this is the "next day" many days later :o)
It sort of ties into the blog on creation for these reasons: both are subjects rarely studied in church groups and the first time God speaks in the Bible is at the time of creation and at the moment of the creation of light - FIAT LUX! (in Latin, the language of Europe for centuries) - "Let there be light!"
Really. Think about it. You've done Bible studies on love, on marriage, on the attributes of God, the gifts of the Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit, spiritual warfare, the healings of Jesus, the missionary journeys of Paul, but whenever have you done a study just on light?
Yet we all know some of the great verses on light: "your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path"/ "every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows"/ "you are the light of the world"/ "the light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has never overcome it"/ "the true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world"/ "while I am in the world I am the light of the world" . . .
I am not sure why this is, why we have studies on so many subjects but not on light, which certainly, like love, is of the very essence of God and Christ. Perhaps some of you have had such studies and, if so, please let me know about it. But even I, who rejoice in light, physically and spiritually and emotionally, as much as I rejoice in liberty and love, have never done such a study, alone or with others.
However I intend to rectify that. Conveniently, in my part of the world, the clocks "spring" ahead one hour tonight (March 12-13), so that six AM will really be five AM and there will be less light flooding my morning windows. Conversely, though, the evenings will retain light longer, since six PM will really be five PM. In addition, the days are growing longer and longer until the longest day of the year in my hemisphere, June 21st. So all kinds of light will be pouring over me. A perfect time to look to that long neglected study on the theme of light in the Bible.
Now some of you live in regions of enormous light - California, Mexico, New Mexico, Nevada. Well, all the more reason to do the study too, if you've never done it, and we can compare notes on what God has shown us in the weeks and months ahead. There is so much spiritual darkness all around us and leaking into us it seems to me to be a vital thing to dwell on the light of God in his Word. It's something that can dispel our own shadows and gloom and dissolve our fears.
From Psalm 139: "Even the darkness is light to you!"
Let's do this thing and then let's share together what we've found and learned in the light of God.