Light and Dark
God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:4
God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. Genesis 1:16
Have you ever looked at these two verses together? I think they have a lot to say to us about how God handles the light and the dark. In Genesis 1:4 we see two things: 1) God sees light as a good thing and 2) He made a decision to separate light from darkness. Now, what the world would have been like if light and dark had not been separated I don’t know, and frankly even thinking about it makes my brain hurt a little bit. But in Genesis 1:16 we see something else about light and dark—that God made two types of light, a greater light and a lesser light. 1 John 1:5 also tells us that “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” So, God is light and light is good. Light and darkness are separate, and therefore there is no darkness in God at all. Pretty cool, huh?
Another thing strikes me about this, though. We typically think of day and night as the opposite, with day being light and night being dark. But in Genesis 1:16 it doesn’t say the night is dark, is says it has a lesser light. Maybe this is hope we can cling to when we’re going through those times in life that feel so dark. Even in the dead of night, there is still the light of the moon to guide us. It may be harder to see, but it is definitely there. In the same way, even in the darkest times in our life God is still there! It may be difficult to see His hand on things when our situation seems endless, hopeless, or out of control, but He is there! Even when it feels like we’re being “punished” or God is causing some cruel thing to happen, we must remember that there is never any darkness in Him. It’s not in His character. It IS part of this world but it is NOT in God Himself. That’s how He is able to work every situation into something for the ultimate good. That’s how he can take situations that might even be devastating to us, and bring some good thing out of it and heal our pain in the process (if we allow Him to).
Words of hope woven throughout the scriptures. They’re there if we seek them!