And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3 ESV
I am struck with a sense of wonder over a God who can say, “Let there be light.” and light appears. Who can compare to Him? Any of us can say, “Let there be light.” for the next twenty years but nothing will come of it.
The God who can speak something and cause it to happen is driven by love and compassion. Such omnipotence, restrained and released out of holiness, can be trusted. If God were unloving, how frightening His power would be! He could, if He wanted, end our lives with a breath. Oh, but He holds us safely in His powerful hands. King David said, “Your gentleness has made me great.” Psalm 18:35
The light God created in Genesis was a physical light that illumined our planet. But He is not limited to miracles only in the physical realm. There is spiritual light too. God declared that light would shine in the human heart so that a man or woman could see the glory of Jesus. “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Cor. 4:6 When God turns the light on, spiritual blindness is instantly cured.
“Let there be light” rolls off my tongue repeatedly in prayer. I pray it in all kinds of circumstances.
- When someone I care about has not yet trusted Jesus as their Savior, I ask God to declare over their darkened understanding, ‘Let there be light.’
- When I am faced with a tumultuous set of circumstances for which I have no clarity, I ask for God to bring all the pieces into the light for clarification and definition.
- When the sins of others are hidden, I ask God to let what is hidden be revealed, to turn the light on so truth can be seen.
God’s Word has so many stunning layers of application. When God speaks, no one and no thing can minimize or nullify its effects. May God declare light today in your world in whatever ways you need to see the shadows flee.
The words You spoke that put the earth on its rotation in space are no more powerful than the words You speak over me through the power of Your Spirit. I am humbled by Your investment. Amen