7th January 2020

Darkness And Light

“The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
Genesis 1:2 (NKJV)

During a recent visit to my place of birth in a village in India, this Day by Day was birthed in my mind. It is near the seaside and I visit it almost every year during winter in the UK to avoid cold, damp, fog and dark nights into an atmosphere of guaranteed sunshine and peaceful surroundings. In the village everyone knows everyone else and they are very friendly. During daytime my doors are wide open. Electricity is not totally reliable, and one night the lights went off, leaving me in complete darkness. It was an unique experience for me. Fortunately I had a torch and managed to get to bed. I never thought of darkness before, but this particular night I felt as if I was in Egypt when they had darkness for three days. Exodus 10:21-22 tells of this: “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.”

This incident reminded me that once I was in complete darkness spiritually, blinded by Satan, the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), but through God’s predestined purpose, His light was shone on my heart. “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). We are chosen by God according to 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.” God also sent the Apostle Paul to the Jews and Gentiles “to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God” (Act 26:18). I am no more in darkness, for the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2) is risen to give light to those who fear the name of God. Christ is the Light, as we read in John1:5, 9, “And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it…That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.” When the earth was in darkness, He spoke and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness (Genesis 1:3-4).

The time is coming when there will be new heavens and a new earth, when there will be no need of the sun, for the Lamb of God will be our Light. Let us read it in Revelation 21:23, “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.” Further, we are enlightened in Revelation 22:4-5, “They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no light there: They need no lamp nor light of sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”

Prayer
Our Father, we love You for bringing us into Your Light. I thank You in Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti
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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

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Saturday 1pm

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David Gibbs
Phone: 07777-667635
Email: birmingham@gracecom.church