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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.
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5: 14-16
My family lives on top of a hill. When we first moved into our house, a street light at the top of our road was out and hadn’t been fixed for years. My husband called the power company to fix it, and they did. No sooner did they fix it than a neighbor down the street complained that the light was interfering with his sleep because it beamed through his mini blinds and it hadn’t done that in years. He demanded that we put out the light. My husband fought back and argued that the street light needed to stay on for the safety of those who used the road, and his appeal to the General Interest District (GID) was granted. During snow storms later that winter, we could see he was right.
Why do we hide our light? Why do we repress the gifts that God has given us? Are we afraid that if we shared our light in the way that God meant for us, people would criticize us? Would they complain that our light was too bright?
We are so used to being in darkness, in the midst of our dark thoughts, that we often don’t see what God intends for us. He wants us to be happy, so happy that others can see our radiance.
Isn’t that beautiful? And how would life be different if we stopped being afraid of what other people might say and stood up each day to let our light shine? It would be a different world indeed.