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November 1, 2017 / Pastor George Fike

Darkness and Light

Seventh in the series Adam to Abraham

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good,and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. Genesis 1:3-5

Day One

Out of the chaos that was the cooling, coalescing earth, the  Potter began working the clay. The setting was no longer the “heavens”; God commenced His systematic shaping of the future childhood home of mankind. The perspective changed in verse 2 (see last post) from the entire Big Bang universe to the surface of the pale blue dot we call Earth. And the first thing necessary for life to exist here was light.

The universe was not created in the dark. There were already billions, really trillions, of stars far brighter and larger than the one we see in our daytime sky. But for the first time its rays penetrated the shroud of dust and vapor swirling around our atmosphere and arrived at the surface of our watery world. From this point the narrative will ensue from our earthly vantage point. And we see the cycle of night and day. The biblical day begins with dusk and continues until the next dusk. “There was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

God’s greatest works emerge from darkness. Jesus’ miracles occurred before anyone could see the possibilities. Our salvation was realized only after we emerged from the dark moments of our lives.  He does His greatest work in us when we can’t even see Him in operation.

My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me;
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.
Sometimes He weaveth sorrow
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the under side.

Not till the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

Attributed to Florence M. Alt, 1892

  • Psalm 30:5 – Weeping may stay for the night,
        but rejoicing comes in the morning.
  • Psalm 143:8 – Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
        for I have put my trust in you.
  • John 1:4-5 – In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Do not fear the dark, the Light will always rise on us!


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