LET THERE BE LIGHT…

GENESIS 1:1-4: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 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.” CSB

OBSERVATION: Have you ever faced a time when everything seemed empty and without purpose? It felt much like the description of the opening verses of the creation account in Genesis,

  • “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths..”

I often read these opening verses in the book of Genesis and reflect on God’s creation. Yet, this time as I read them it spoke to me personally. It actually brought a deep sense of encouragement to my heart as I find myself walking through a very difficult time in my life. In the midst of the darkest times of my life the Spirit of God is always present!

  • “…and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.”

The Biblical account does not give us any details regarding what happened between the words – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…”, and, “Now the earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the surface of the watery depths.” Some have speculated that there was an event that took place in between these two statements. However, one fact is sure, the earth was in need of God’s help.

When we face times of difficulty in life the only thing that is really important is getting through them. There are times in life when we may never understand the “why” of the situation. The blessed assurance we have is that God is always with us. He will never leave us or forsake us. He is our faithful Shepherd and He is always leading us on a pathway of restoration. When the times seem dark – light is ahead!

  • “Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff — they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.” Psalms 23:4-6 CSB

The key word in this portion of Psalm 23 is “through.” God never leaves us in the dark valley – He leads us through. Whatever may have happened in between the opening words of the creation account, the key point is God never left His creation. The Spirit of God was actively present. And, where there was darkness and disorder, God brought His light!

  • “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.”

When the Lord shines His light in our darkness it brings both clarity and hope. It shows us the pathway of healing and restoration and what awaits us. A table of provision is prepared. A table of fellowship and healing. The anointing of the Spirit in our lives is the guarantee of our outcome. His presence in our life assures us that God’s goodness and faithful love will pursue us all the days of our life. And, when this life on earth is ended, we will live forever with Him in eternity!

In the book of Revelation, in the letters to the Seven Churches, Jesus continually says – “To him who overcomes…”. An overcomer is not someone who lives above the difficulty, but one who perseveres and walks through the dark trials of life, guided by the light of God’s faithfulness and promise. As you read the close of each of the seven letters you will find the blessed assurance of His promise and presence in your time of darkness!

Where there is darkness God’s light is always present!

  • “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7
  • “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” Revelation 2:11
  • “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it. ” Revelation 2:17
  • “And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—” Revelation 2:26
  • “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” Revelation 3:5
  • “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.” Revelation 3:12
  • “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Revelation 3:21 NKJV

Lord, this morning, help me to be an overcomer! Guide me with Your light. Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon me. Fill me with Your great grace! Speak to the darkness and say –

“Let there be light!”

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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