As I’ve studied my verse selection of the week (Memorize & Meditate: I John 1: 4 -7), I’ve found myself returning to the beautiful phrase,
God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. – I John 1:5
Throughout the Bible, God often takes the form of some sort of brilliant light. He appeared in a burning bush to Moses, and when God later spoke with Moses on Mt. Sinai, Moses’ face literally reflected the glory of God.
And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. – Exodus 33:11a
And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. – Exodus 34:29
During the Israelites’ forty-year wilderness trek, God took the form of a pillar of fire during the night (Exodus 13:21).
In the New Testament, Jesus was transfigured before Peter and John into a shining white figure (Mark 9:3).
Upon the Apostle’s heads, flames once appeared as a sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:3,4).
Saul, later the Apostle Paul, was famously spotlighted by God’s glory on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3).
In Revelation, it is said that God will be the source of light for the New Heaven and New Earth (Revelation 22:5a).
And so, John sums it up well when he says simply that God is light.
It’s intriguing to me that in many of these references, God often reveals his glory in a fiery light.
It reminds me of the parable in which Jesus tells his followers that they are the light of the world, just as he declared himself to be. But he compares the light of a believer to a single candle flame.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 5:15-16
Though our own light is just a single flickering flame compared to the fiery glory of God, it can still light up a dark house, as Jesus explained.
The thing is, we can choose to hide our light, or we can let it shine; quench the Spirit, or let him radiate through us.
When I consider that the same Lord who lives within me lit the way for millions of Israelites and will one day light a new world for billions of believers – well, I know I need to let his light shine a whole lot brighter through me.
As Christians, we have all of God’s inexhaustible light at our disposal. Are we plugging into it? Do we let him shine through us as we ought?