DEVOTIONAL GUIDE: Let there be light

Jesus is the light of the world, showing us the way to life.

Pastor Tim Wilson
Park Rapids Enterprise file photo

Light is amazing! Yet it is one of those daily gifts that we take for granted, at least until our power goes off and we find ourselves groping in darkness, looking for our flashlights and lanterns.

Without light, we are unable to see without some type of technological device. And light is absolutely necessary for life to exist as we know it today.

In the very first chapter of Genesis, light is introduced into a world immersed in darkness and chaos, without shape or purpose. God began the process of creation and new life with light, the beginning of transformation.

“When God began to create the heavens and the earth – the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters – God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And so light appeared. God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the darkness. God named the light Day and the darkness Night” (Genesis 1:1-5).

Genesis light chased away the darkness of the newly created world. The incarnate light of Jesus is still needed to dispel the darkness of sin, which found its way into the human heart.


The Bible says: “The true light that shines on all people was coming into the world. The light was in the world, and the world came into being through the light, but the world didn’t recognize the light. The light came to his own people, and his own people didn’t welcome him” (John 1:9-11).

John reports that the people of that day did not welcome Jesus, the light of the world. We continue today to close the light out and prefer darkness around some parts of our lives. We build walls and close doors to the light that would reveal God’s goodness and his purpose for our lives.

Not only are we missing the transformative light that God wants to shine into our lives, but we fail to have enough light to help others find the way.

Jesus told those who trusted in Him, “You are the light of the world. … Let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

Seek the Lord today and let the light of His love shine on you. He will satisfy your soul. You will grow and be strengthened in the dark seasons. You will be able to help others find the way.

Pastor Tim Wilson serves at Park Rapids Assembly of God.
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