God Can Bring Light Into Your Darkness

The new year often finds me reading the book of Genesis. It is one of those books of the Bible that I have read countless times. It isn’t too long ago either that our church went through the book of Genesis on Sundays. Not to mention that I taught Sunday School the first Sunday of this month. Topic? The creation story. I have already been camping out in Genesis for quite a bit.

Light Into Darkness

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 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 1:1-2)

This year had me stopping at the first verses of Genesis. I love the way certain verses open up to us differently as we pass through different seasons of life. Going into the new year after a year of brokenness, is what made me read these verses again and again. I find it interesting, how the breaking of your heart seems to cumulate. A heart can only hold so much at a time. When we walk through many seasons of brokenness, the darkness seems to settle tighter

When God created the earth, He saw the darkness. But He also saw what could be beyond darkness — and isn’t it the same for us, too? He sees our darkness, the hurt breaking through the walls of our heart and the shame that rings in these scars of ours. He sees the darkness of our circumstances, the way it slowly grates us raw. All these dusty, dark corners of our hearts? He sees them. He knows them.

“Then God said, “Let there be light”; 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 first step from chaos to order is to bring light,” wrote David Guzik. So that is how God works in our lives as well. He created light. Into the darkness, into the void — God created light. Notice, here, how God created light before He created the sun, the moon, and stars. Light is not dependant on sunlight, no. Light comes from a wholly different source — God. (Remember Revelation 22, how it is said that there won’t be any sun or moon in the new heavens and the new earth. God Himself will be our light, and we need nothing else.)

So why is it that I so easily believe this darkness will not end? Why is it that we lose hope so easily? Could it be that we forget to hold the right perspective? Maybe we let the world around us create our perspective a little too much.

If God can create light out of nothing, He can create light into my circumstances. He can create light in me. And He can do the same for you. Yes, sometimes it requires breaking, for God divided the light from the darkness in the beginning. That might mean ripping the seams and breaking the old. But it is only for the process of creating light. So hold on. Better things are coming.

Friend, I don’t know what your darkness holds today. What I do know, is that a darkness of any kind is a battle. If there is anything I can pray for you, I would love to do that. Drop a comment below or email me. I am here for you.

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12 Comments

  1. Thanks for this encouragement, Ronja. I agree that it’s often difficult to see beyond the darkness but just recently a friend reminded me that if life was always bright, we wouldn’t see or appreciate the light.
    Wishing you blessings in 2018 and beyond!
    Marva | SunSparkleShine

    1. Thank you, Marva! That is so true: it is easier to see the light in darkness. Thank you for visiting here and taking the time to comment! God bless you!

  2. Winter always feels so dark and I sense more of a challenge in turning toward Jesus for help in that. Thank you for bringing out the scriptures on light. So encouraging! We both linked up at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home.

    1. Thank you, Amy! It so seems like the darkness is closer in the wintertime for sure. I’m so thankful that God pursues us and calls us to come to Him no matter what. God bless you!

  3. Thank you for bringing out this scripture this way, I have read it so many times and today I got this new revelation. I am looking forward to the light in my life, I have experienced a lot of darkness.

  4. This is so so encouraging- especially because I stood still at the exact same passage of Genesis a couple of weeks ago. Reflecting on this some more through what you share here encourages me so much as I see God at work in separating the dark from the light in my heart- tilling my deceitful heart by the power of His Holy Word and Spirit. Yes, it is painful. But oh so good as well to see the fruits of His working in our hearts through the pain.

    1. Thank you, Anna! How wonderful that God had us in the same passage, thinking on the same things at the same time! God is truly doing a beautiful work in you — and in all of us. Thank you for taking the time to share with me, Anna! God bless you!

  5. I’ve been diving deeply into the light with my 2018 word, SHINE. God does shine His light into our darkness not just to reveal sin and brokenness, but to bring healing and restoration! Thanks for this encouraging read! Many blessings to you! Glad to be here from #WriterWednesday.

    1. What a wonderful word you have for this year, Liz! God truly is the light in all darkness — and that light brings so much healing and beauty to our lives. What a blessing, isn’t it! God bless you!

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