“God separated the light from the darkness.”
-Genesis 1:4b, NASB –
That would have been the light show of the ages, the fireworks to see.
When God set His heart to create and opened His mouth and spoke four words.
“Let there be light.”
And there was.
The One who is Light and no darkness, called for light and it appeared. I wonder if it was a consuming fire, or an orb of glowing, or a soft hue that flooded the universe’s chasm of nothingness like a whisper?
Whatever it was, it was mingled with the dark. How does light mix with dark?
How does life mix with death?
But in this not-yet world, still without death, God made a point to separate.
All was good, sinless perfection.
Already, lines were drawn.
You notice, God didn’t create darkness. That’s because darkness isn’t a thing—darkness is the lack of light, just like death is the lack of life and evil is the lack of good and cold is the lack of heat. Not things to be created, not objects—but a lack of something.
So God never made darkness—He just spoke out light, saw it was good. Even before darkness held connotations of evil, God deliberately blessed the light, but said nothing about the darkness being good.
Darkness, He did not create.
So in the first recorded creation of God, light is born. And He lays out His will: the darkness does not cross this threshold of the day. The light does not pass over and mingle with the night.
Even in His first creative act, the Almighty God paints a light-picture of who He is—and who His children were to be.
In His all-knowing wisdom, even the light cast against heaven’s canvas is a shadow of what is to come.
We all have this, what songwriter Brandon Heath calls “a strange attraction to the light.”
But perhaps it’s not so strange. Because “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). And we’re moving, breathing creations of His, fashioned in His image. No wonder light stirs us.
No wonder brightness is treasured in our souls as glory, and sunlight pierces like hope, and the gleam of a candle in a window touches our hearts with warmth and home and family. We are made to crave the light.
So, thousands of days, millions of hours, have passed since that split second when God called out light from the emptiness.
And yet, in His creation, darkness descended again. His separation of day and night seemed to crumble as blackness struck hearts and darkness swallowed up lives.
But all was not lost. It was never lost. Light was promised, light for all nations.
The lyrics of Point of Grace’s song tell the story:
“From the beginning the Father
Had a magnificent plan
Revealed through the law and the prophets
To fulfill the redemption of man
You spoke after centuries of silence
In the midst of a still, starry night
And Emmanuel came down among us
And the Father said, Let there be light
Let there be light, let it shine bright
Piercing the darkness with dazzling white
Hope for the hopeless was born on that night
When God sent His Son and said, Let there be light…”
– “Let There Be Light,” emphasis mine –
And so it was that, once again, in the darkness of the ages, Light was born.
And this Light was a man.
And this Light was God.
The best part is, His light has been extended to us, in glorious grace. He taught us that we are made to walk in His light–“If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
No more slinking in the shadows. No more languishing in the gray. No more dying in the dark.
We were brought back to life, to be His body, be His light.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
– Matthew 5:14-16, NKJV –
Living in this light, our hearts can reach. Our feet can go. Our hands can hold. Our faces can shine.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
– Psalm 34:4-5, NKJV –
While deceived about the true source of light, American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross got at least one thing right in life by writing these words:
“People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”