At the end of 2021 I was asking God what he wanted to say to me about 2022. He highlighted some themes from the book of Revelation, chapter 22. Jesus is presented in that chapter as the light of heaven: “Night will be no more. They will never need the light of the sun or a lamp, because the Lord God will shine on them.” We read in 1 John: “God is light.”
Over the past few years I have thought about the parallels between the light of the sun and God’s light. From my house I can see a majestic mountain range. I’m amazed at the vastly different perspectives I see depending on how the light is shining on that mountain range. The many ways light plays off the white majestic clouds is a glorious thing. It’s a picture of heaven. The colors of God in the sky come alive in the light. The combination of many shades of white and grey, piercing blue and the striking pinks, oranges and reds at sunrise and sunset tell the story of a creative God. He planted in each one of us an appreciation for beauty that is like his own.
Around once every five years, we get a big dump of snow here in Vancouver that sticks around for awhile. This is one of those winters. The brightness of the sun’s light reflecting off the snow is astounding. On December 30th, as I was pondering this theme of light, I saw an amazing sight. Long after dark, I could clearly see a purplish-blue sky instead of normal blackness! The reflective nature of snow opened up my perspective to see color in the heavens. That’s what God’s light does. Even when we’re surrounded by darkness, God can open our eyes to see his glory in creation, and to appreciate the good people and things that surround us.
God’s light to reveal wisdom and knowledge is always available. But, because of this word I received, I’m expecting an increase of my “seeing ability” this year. I’m pressing in to see more, learn more and reach for the new things God is opening up.
Another fascinating application of light in the Bible is that God is not the only light-bearer. Paul says to his church members, “you are light in the Lord,” and “you are children of the light and children of the day.” Our nature is now “joined to Christ.” So it shouldn't surprise us that we…are…light. (see 1 Cor. 6:17).
Jesus said, “I am light to the world, and those who embrace me will experience life-giving light, and they will never walk in darkness.” And he also said to the crowd gathered on a hill, most of whom were hungry and struggling, “You are the light of the world!” I can picture someone from the crowd hearing what Jesus said, turning to their friend and asking, “Is he talking about us? We are the light of the world?”
Jesus sees our true nature as being full of spiritual light. We must train ourselves to see our identity in the same way. My emotional state goes up and down, especially in the winter when it’s mostly cloudy and wet. So, I declare over myself the truth, “I am a son of light. I share the nature of Him who is pure light.” Jesus is THE light, and we are sons and daughters of light. We are offspring of God and we bear his image. (1 Thess. 5:5)
I hope you see new truths and gain much more access to God’s light 2022!