Light in the Void

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And 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, the first day.” Genesis 1:1-5

“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 were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it...

“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the worldAnd the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1-5,9,14

In the formless dark before the world began, God existed, and ruled. And into that void He arrived and created light, breaking through palpable invisible chaos with the glory of His being and power. Light appeared by His word, distinguished His splendor, and was good. He completed creation, that perfect world was corrupted, and in God’s fullness of time, His Son Jesus the Light entered as Savior. (Genesis 1:6-31; 3:1-19,22-24; John 8:12; Galatians 4:4-5)

We humans nurture dark places of the soul, even when we own the Holy Spirit. Until we are like Jesus, we battle ugly thoughts and inclinations. We turn over private and secret spaces, even unwittingly, to wayward affections and callousness toward others, to godless fears and fretting. Inner turmoil screams “wretched!” and wearies our determination. But into that potent, formless drear, and corruption, and malaise, God penetrates, and separates, and radiates His magnetic light. (John 14:16; Romans 7:18-20; 2 Corinthians 1:22; 1 John 3:2)

We face unknowns, decisions without sure outcomes, and are overwhelmed with the void of clarity. What did he mean? What might happen? How shall we proceed? What if? Over our stew of uncertainty, the dark waves of engulfing waters, the Lord hovers. His eye is on us to lead, to clarify next steps, to show the way to go. (2 Chronicles 20:12; Psalm 32:8; 1 Corinthians 13:12)

What darkness looms heavy, swamping us with depression or doubt? Where do we feel a void of companionship, energy, inspiration, or love? Jesus lives! Jesus abides! Jesus the light of the world reigns! Jesus the Way shines forth hope and wisdom and glory to flush away the formless darkness all around, and to call us out us into His marvelous light! Would we seek Him? Would we come? (John 9:5; 14:6; 1 Peter 2:9)

At every glimpse of holy light, would we follow? Would we approach to worship, and take the next step, by step, to know Him better and make Him known? (Matthew 2:1-2,8-11)

Father, You know my every void and see through my darkness. Infuse my life with Your glorious, powerful presence, and have Your full way with me, so I might make much of You.

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