One of my resolutions for 2020 is to incorporate more art into my devotional time. I find that I work out a lot of emotions and thoughts through my crafting, so why not include it with prayer and Bible Study? I’m going to go through the Bible and create cards inspired by verses, chapters, or even books of the Bible. These projects will be more original art than my typical cards, but there are no rules, so I may have a pretty traditional one from time-to-time as well.
I’m also excited to share some of my devotional thoughts with you here on my blog in hopes that they might be encouraging and uplifting to you as well. I would love for you to follow along with me for this challenge. Use the same scripture prompts I’m using or chose one from your own devotional time. Share them with me on social media with #SOEexploringthebible .
I’m excited about this monthly series and can’t wait to hear your feedback.
Today’s post starts on the very first day of our world’s creation:
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
~ Genesis 1:3-5
Light. It’s no wonder this is how God began the creation of this world.
I wonder if the light slowly broke, only a tiny, faint shimmer in the distance that grew to envelope the world, or if it was a sudden, bright flash that lit up the darkness in boastful fanfare. No matter how it happened, with only a word, the light appeared.
Light. It seems to be one of the biggest pictures of God we see in His word.
There are so many references to light in the Bible. Most of them refer to God. Some literal like the light of the burning bush that came to Moses or the pillar of light through which God led the children of Israel by day. Then there are more figurative references of God’s word lighting our path and Jesus coming as the light of the world into a darkened world.
Light. Where there is light there can be no darkness.
As someone who struggles with chronic depression, I have had some pretty dark times in my life. Sometimes I struggle to find God’s light, but it’s always there. Sometimes the tiniest speck is all I have to cling to, but it’s light, and light ALWAYS pierces the darkness.
I can’t help but imagine that God’s gift of light on this first day of creation is really an example of the gift of Himself in our lives. There is a light, a hope, a warmth, a glow, that comes from having Him in our lives. I can’t think of a better way to begin this story of our world – a world full of hope, light, and the love of our creator.
I’m going to leave you with a few more passages and other resources to explore as you prayerfully consider this first day of creation and all that God’s light encompasses.
” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:1-5
“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” ~John 8:12
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:14-16
“Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” ~ Romans 13:11-12
“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:5-7
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