The first five verses of the Bible set the stage for the creation of the world as we know it. God knew light was essential for life, so speaking light into His world came first.
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. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day’ and the darkness ‘night.’
And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
Genesis 1:1-5 (NASB)
Days are marked by light. God saw the light and said it was good. Jesus was present at creation and is described as The Light. When the first light appeared in the sky, I believe it was a reflection of His Love and Light to come.
Being in the light of day or in the Light of Christ is wonderful, but not always easy. When light is shed upon my heart, I can no longer hide or run away. Christ’s light isn’t a spotlight or an interrogation instrument. It’s a sunrise that marks the beginning of a new journey. God doesn’t expect me to be perfect or perform for Him. He simply wants to shed His Son’s precious love into my heart so I can find my way to Him. He wants me to be marked by the Light.
It’s appropriate that God, the Creator, would begin His Word with light because His plan of salvation begins with Light. I can close my windows and lower the blinds if the light is too much for me during the day, and I can close my mind and hide my heart if His love is too much for me. Both keep me from the life He desires for me.
No one can shed light the way God sheds light, and I can’t read these verses without imagining His smile as He saw the sun rise on the first day of creation. It was the same smile He had on His face as His only Son was baptized. He said the light was good on that first day of creation, and He said he was well-pleased with His Son on the first day of His ministry. A new day was dawning in His world, and He knew it would never be the same.