This devotion was originally published in December 2017.
Our nation and our world are growing darker by the moment. Ignorance, defiance, rebellion, deception, violence, greed, anger, dishonesty, immorality and murder have become almost commonplace. As I was wondering what you and I could do that would make any difference, I was reminded of Genesis 1:1-3 by a Christian brother, Sammy Rodriguez, in a message he delivered to the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Genesis 1 tells us that in the beginning, God created everything. As planet Earth dangled like a shapeless blob in space, it was covered in darkness. The first words that God spoke were not, “Let there be love,” or “Let there be hope” or “Let there be faith.” His first words were, “Let there be light.” As a result, this planet and the cosmos were forever changed.
God’s response to darkness was to turn on the Light. Thousands of years later, on a dark, starry night outside of Bethlehem, once again God spoke into the darkness and in essence said, “Let there be Light.” And a Baby was born—a Baby who was Himself the Light of the world. And human history was forever changed.
What should be our response to the darkness in our world? For myself, I want to turn on the Light. Because …
When a light is turned on, it immediately makes itself known, and it reveals objects not seen in the darkness.
Light reveals itself
How is God described in 1 John 1:5? What do you think this means?
With a frequency that is amazing, the Bible affirms the fact of the bodily resurrection of Christ. Perhaps the most direct of all its statements is Luke’s account in the book of Acts, where he reports, “To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days” (Acts 1:3). What are we going to do with these “many infallible proofs”? Someone asked my colleague George Beverly Shea how much he knew about God. He said, “I don’t know much, but what I do know has changed my life.” We may not be able to take all of this evidence into a scientific laboratory and prove it; but, if we accept any fact of history, we must accept the fact that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.