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This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. – 1 John 1:5 NIV
“Chiaroscuro is an Italian artistic term used to describe the dramatic effect of contrasting areas of light and dark in an artwork, particularly paintings. It comes from the combination of the Italian words for ‘light’ and ‘dark.'” https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/chiaroscuro
God is a God of light. In Him, there is no darkness.
But we are people who are both light and dark. We live in a world that also includes darkness, and because of that, we come to appreciate the appearance of dawn’s first light even more.
Each day is an opportunity to start new with God.
It is the contrast of light and dark that makes us aware of how much we need God’s light. He lights up our lives, literally. Amen.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. – Psalms 89:15-16 NIV
We need God’s light. Without light, it is difficult to walk without stumbling.
Sometimes we create our own darkness. We allow others to disrupt our thoughts. The Lord sees us clearly and knows what is going on. He knows our thoughts. God knows our prayers even before we utter them.
His name is precious. One of the commandments is to refrain from taking the Lord’s name in vain. When we resent someone, it is tempting to call him or her a bad name, but God asks us to love, not to say words out of resentment. The Spirit of the Lord wants peace for us, and we need to be watchful of the words we say and think.
Jesus is worthy of acclaim. His actions and words are without fault. The more we think about Him, the more we become like Him and appreciate what He sacrificed for us. If we spent all day praising Him, how would our lives change? Amen.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105 NKJV
When we are in darkness, we can’t see clearly where we should go.
I visited a cave, and the tour guide shut off the lights for a moment to show us how dark it was. It was so dark and cold that I could almost feel the humidity in the air. When the lights came back on, we could easily navigate out of the cave.
The Lord wants us to direct us. He seeks out ways to illuminate our path.
When we don’t see what He is trying to demonstrate to us, He tries another way, because He doesn’t give up trying to get our attention. The Lord knows where we should go, and He can direct us completely. We have no reason to fear. Amen.