July 12, 2021

Light of the World


In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Genesis 1:1-3 NLT


In John, chapter eight and verse twelve, we learn that Jesus claimed to be the light of the world. In one of His seven “I AM” statements, Jesus declared He was the light of the world. As I pondered on that statement, I was reminded of this passage that opens the Bible—God’s first words were, “Let there be light.”

Prior to that moment, the earth was “formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters.” Formless, empty, and dark—I believe this is a definition of a life without God’s light.

According to Webster, to be formless means something lacks order or arrangement. I get from that definition that a person who is formless lacks order in their life. Everything is chaos. Life moves from one crisis to another.

When the light comes into a person’s life, suddenly, they can see the things that need to be cleaned up. You can’t clean up a dark room. But when you turn on the light, you can put stuff in its proper place and throw away the garbage. The room gets order because light has come to reveal what needs to be cleaned up.

When we invite Jesus to be our light, He begins to reveal to us the things in our lives that are out of order. He begins to help us see what needs to be thrown out and where the other stuff all fits together in our lives. Instead of chaos and crisis, there is order. Order allows us to thrive and function at the top of our ability.


Lord Jesus, I ask for Your light to shine into my life today. Show me what needs to be thrown out. Show me how to put things back into order.

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