The Light of God
Light is the first thing that God spoke into existence. (Genesis 1:3) Ever since then, there has been a stark contrast between darkness and light. There are many benefits to having light in your life. It is something that has proven to be valuable beyond comparison. Jesus himself claimed to be Light in John 8 when he said during the Feast of Tabernacles, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Light that Exposes
One of the first things that light does is it exposes. To say that something is being exposed is to say that what once was covered up is now being revealed. The truth is that whatever is being uncovered did not come into existence just because the light hit it. But, what it does mean is that the reality of its existence was veiled until the light brought it out into the open.
To those who are living in darkness, this can be a very painful experience, and one that is often avoided at all costs. However, to those who walk with Christ, it is a process that we should desire. Ephesians 5 teaches us that we should walk as children of light- and that the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true. Also, it says that when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible- and anything that is visible is light. (Ephesians 5:8-14)
That is our hope. What remains hidden is usually tucked away because of some kind of intent. But when we live in the light of God, there is no longer fear to keep what we are ashamed of hidden. The reason is found in the text above. Once exposed to the light, whatever it is that becomes visible has the ability now to be light. Nothing is outside of the transforming power of our Lord.
Light that Heals
The healing that God’s light brings to our hearts and souls is found in that transforming power. Our wholeness, which is the ultimate healing that we desire, comes only from being found in Christ. And this is where that “already, not yet” doctrine comes in. At the moment of rebirth, as we receive a regenerate heart and by faith believe in Christ, we are healed. What once was eternally broken isn’t anymore. However, for as long as the Lord tarries and we remain on this side of eternity, we are still broken people. And the will of God for us is that we be transformed into the image of his Son. (Romans 8:29)
Therefore, the fact that God is constantly shedding light on areas of sin in our lives and asking us to bring those things that we know are not good for us into the light to be transformed is all a part of the process of how he heals us. The road of healing that we are on is the journey of being conformed to the image of Jesus. And it’s receiving the renewed fellowship with our Lord that gets damaged when we cling to anything but him.
This isn’t the “putting a bandaid on it” kind of healing either. It’s more like the, “I see that you have something inside of you that is literally killing you, let me go in and remove it.” Matt Chandler once said in one of his sermons that God is like a surgeon; therefore, he doesn’t inflict pain on your life in a meaningless way. Instead, he lovingly goes in and starts making us whole by carefully extracting anything that interferes with our wellness in Christ.
When we recognize that we need healing, especially when we come to that point where we are at the end of ourselves, it becomes clear that the light of God truly does heal. In the most deep and satisfying way and we can now experience the comfort provided by this light.
Light that Provides Warmth
There is so much satisfaction to be found in the light of God. As we live with integrity, not being afraid of the light that exposes, and live with confidence, not being hopeless through afflictions that allow the light to heal, we can also experience the warmth that envelopes this light.
It can be easy to not receive the warmth because we feel as if we don’t deserve it. But what we are then rejecting is coming from a heart of deep affection and a passion of true, unconditional, and everlasting love. It’s so easy for us to close ourselves off from that kind of warmth because it puts us in a place of vulnerability when we choose to receive it. There is indeed a closeness that has to be experienced in order to feel the real warmth that is provided. But this warmth brings us to a place of intimacy with God. So I can confidently say that it is worth every little bit of struggle.
Once we encounter the light of God in this way, it will become a desire for us as real as our next breath to remain in it. And that is a really good thing. As 1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” So, let’s ask God to show us this light in a clear way as we go from day to day. That we may grow ever closer to him as he exposes what is keeping us back, heals us from what is hindering us, and comforts us with the warmth of his light.