by Heather Tietz
Seeing it is God who said, “Light will 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
Knowledge is like a light. It opens our eyes to understanding how things work and why others behave as they do.
The world has struggled without light since Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden. By the time of Moses, God was eager to wash the darkness of people’s living away. During the time of Abraham, God set Sodom and Gomorrah aflame because of the great outcry from their victims. The world needed a constant light, explicit directions of what goodness was. People couldn’t see.
God’s banner over the Israel people was light. He gave them His law and Moses to help light their way. As they wandered the wilderness He led them, day and night, burning as a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire. When their wanderings were through, He ordered a light to be constantly lit in the temple.
Then finally the permanent light came. Jesus! He boldly declared, “I Am the light of the world.” Jesus, God’s law. Jesus, God’s love. Both the same.
Now, our world has sprinkles of light. There it is on bookshelves, quietly waiting to direct people’s steps. There it is in people’s ideas, in their helping hands, in their understanding eyes, in their measured steps. Light is finally, permanently here. It is in us. He is in us.
We see God in Jesus. We have the shining example of how to love. We are enlightened as to how to live. Shine! Light the way for those around you.