The Word Among Us
“Have you ever in your lifetime commanded the morning and shown the dawn its place? … Have you seen the gates of darkness? … Which is the way to the dwelling place of light?” (Job 38:12,17,19).
Job is speechless before these questions. He no longer seeks an answer to the question that formerly agitated him: “Why are these bad things happening to me, a good person?” In the face of God’s command of light and darkness, Job has no more to say. He sees everything in a new light, and he repents of his audacity in complaining about “great things that I do not understand” (Job 42:3).
The dawning of light often has this effect. Everything looks different than it did in the dark. Think of a time when you half-woke in the middle of the night, terrified by an unfamiliar shape, only to discover the next morning that it was a harmless household object in an unusual spot.
Although light makes it much easier for us to function, it brings its own challenges. It can be blinding to emerge suddenly from darkness. Sometimes better light reveals areas that need further work: windows that need cleaning, cobwebs that need clearing away, weeds threatening to overtake a flower bed. And that can be discouraging—and intimidating. Consider how tempting it can be to stay in familiar semidarkness instead of coming into the light and having to deal with all that it reveals. But God, who commands the light and the darkness, invites us to turn our gaze away from the darkness of our faults and focus instead on the light of his presence. Because with him, even the darkness doesn’t seem so bad (Psalm 139:12).
Today, bask in the warmth of God’s love for you, and ask him to shed his light on just one area of your life that he wants to touch. Perhaps he wants to open your eyes to see more of his glory. Perhaps he will point out a sin you need to confess or a relationship in which you need to seek forgiveness. Maybe he wants to show you how much you have to offer people. Whatever it is, be sure to look at it in the light of God’s love for you and his transforming power at work in you.