South African Sun
blazes watery trail
through shimmery glaze
of light erasing darkness.
The Light Concept of God
Thought 1: God is Absolute Light
As expounded based on 1 John 1:5, God is absolute light with no darkness. The verse predisposes that there is absolute light and absolute darkness. The concept of God as light was established in Genesis 1:3-5, “Let there be Light and there was Light.” Light was spoken into being by God who then separated the light from the darkness and called the light day and the darkness night.
Since light proceeds from the word of God then if God speaks to the mind or the heart, light will enter. God’s word is knowledge which is another light concept. Ignorance may be seen as synonymous to darkness and knowledge, light. God’s words bring us into goodness and knowledge so in Genesis God, having separated the darkness from the light saw that ‘it was good.’ The thought then is that light should be separated from darkness as he symbolically divided light from darkness since creation.
Thought 2: Jesus is the Light of the World
Jesus declared that ‘I am the light of the world’ among other representations of his divinity. The light has transcended to the Son and Redeemer who was from the beginning and forever will be. Christ therefore comes to “bring life more abundantly,” not death. Light supports and represents life while darkness supports and represents destruction and death. From a biblical perspective, the concept of light may therefore be viewed as being synonymous to life and knowledge. Therefore, actions that seek to destroy life or hide or misrepresent truth or knowledge may be perceived as being not of the light but of the darkness. God is light and Jesus is the way to light, life, truth, love and all that is good (The Gospels).
Thought 3: We are the Light of the World
Those who believe and receive the word through Jesus are also called children of the light in the same way those who seek darkness are children of darkness. As stated in the gospel, “you are the light of the world…. let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify thy Father who is in Heaven.”
Children of the light should choose good over evil or light over darkness in all things. The light of the world should be like ‘a city set upon a hill that cannot be hid.’ Light provides revelation of God to the world. Ignorance should not be an option for the believer. The more intense the light, the less is the darkness. As stated by the Minister, if something is not lined up with the truth of God, it is of darkness or a lie. As God is light, Christ is light and the children of God are the light of the world representing their creator and redeemer who personify light.
Luke 8:16 admonishes that we should not put our light under the bushel, basket or mat but on a lamp stand so it can shine. The bushel, a vessel used to establish a standard measure adds a bit more to the idea of the light going out because it is hidden. It augurs that if the light is put under the measure approved by the world, the light can suffocate and eventually go out. The world should not dictate what the light should be or do because the children of light are the God given light of the world who should spread their lights into the dark areas of this world.
How can we shine our light in a world without getting dizzy by the world’s distractions? Today we can choose to be destructive towards self and others or live in darkness or we can choose to do good and live as children of the light with our light shining from the lamp stand of our hearts. Like the Psalmist we can let God’s words be a light unto our paths or we can choose to be dazzled and live in spiritual darkness. Do we choose darkness which brings hurt and death or do we choose life?
I pray my little self indulgence may ignite the light in someone today, Amen.
How to Walk
Walking in God’s favor emerges as a process not an instant end point. Having the knowledge of how to walk in and through Christ will be summarized based on the continuance of the sermon on which the post, ‘Concept of God as Light’ was based.
So if God is light and light feeds life, knowledge, truth and all that is good then having knowledge of how to walk is crucial to perfecting this walk according to the word of God
Thought 1: Walking in the Light of God
Children of the light will not stumble if ‘God’s words become a lamp unto their feet and light unto their hearts.’ to shed light on all the dark choices and situations faced daily. Believers are appointed light of the world through the spoken divine words of God. As admonished, this light should be placed on a lamp stand not under a bushel so that it can shed light for others to see.
The Lonely Candle
A light at the end of the tunnel
a single candle flickers bright
signalling hope to the dreary.
Without the grip of its stand its beam fades
but this single flicker stands its ground
awaits the shout, ‘ he has come!’
Then this lonely light welcomes a stranger in.
life • love • spiritual • hope • hope2 © Melva P. Davids 2015
If we let the Holy Spirit into our hearts and minds Light enters to guard and guide the works that originate in our hearts and minds.
Thought 2: Walk in the Knowledge of God
When we walk in the knowledge of God we learn to do things like forgive even our enemies and give even when we have little for ourselves. The knowledge of God enlightens our spiritual darkness.
Thought 3: Walk in and by Faith
When we walk by faith we trust God to do things and our light will show. We walk by faith not by sight, we walk by the Spirit not by the flesh or the carnal mind.The unbeliever who walks by sight is led by the flesh while the believer who walks by faith is led by the Holy Spirit. There are many promises made by the giver of light and life to those who trust in His judgement. For example, there is a simple reminder that no weapon formed against the children of Light will prosper and in 2 Timothy 1:7 they are reminded that God gave them a spirit of love, power and a sound mind. Goodness and mercy are rewards for walking in and by faith. The flesh is subdued and light shines.
Thought 4: Walk in Love
God is love, children of God should let their love shine forth. Children of Light understand forgiveness and giving as well as obedience to the Word as demonstration of divinely centered love or agape love.
Thought 5: Walk in Wisdom
We are encouraged to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things will be added unto us. Also, like King Solomon, in all our getting we should get knowledge. We show wisdom when we manage time like the ants who gather in the Summer in preparation for the Winter when there is scarcity of food. Having a twenty year plan for ones life according to this Minister is a necessity and demonstrates wisdom because we cannot redeem wasted time. We should not waste money on addictions so that we can live a good life even on a low salary. Wisdom is shown when we manage resources, money, relationships, study and prayer time.
These are sobering thoughts on how to walk in the light of God that only some will contemplate. May these thoughts resurrect a stirring in someone’s heart today.
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