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Listen while you read: "Lead Kindly Light"1 (Lyrics)
Genesis 1:14-15 – And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. (KJV)
I can remember times when our family, either while camping or sitting on the long porch at the side of the house, would thrill at the first star each night. In our childlike innocence, we thought that God was turning on the stars one at a time, like light bulbs. The skies provided entertainment in those years without radio, television, and other electronic gadgets. We would chant, "Star light, star bright", and then wish upon the star. Rural life, without streetlights or sky glow from a large city, provided us darkness to see the breathtaking view of the night sky.
We are reminded daily that the world's population continues to increase. Along with that comes increased light pollution that has almost obscured the view of the night skies in densely populated areas. In very remote places of the world, and in locations designated as dark sky sanctuaries, the stars continue to be vividly impressive sights. The lights of heaven take our breath away, because God designed them to show His magnificent greatness and power.
The lights in the sky were set into place to give order to our earth and our time. God has bestowed another light to be accessed through our faith in Jesus Christ. We receive this spiritual light when we accept Christ as our Saviour, through the Holy Spirit, Who guides and directs our steps as we serve our Lord. It is a joy to live according to God's will. As we serve Him, people will see His light shining through our good works, knowing that they are to God's glory. There is nothing that can dim the light of Christ.
When we live with Christ shining to others in actions and deeds through our sincere and grateful faith, we represent the character of God. That light is Christ's righteousness. What an option: to choose life lived in the light of Christ, instead of the darkness of this sin-filled world! Have you chosen Christ as your Saviour, so that you might glorify God by shining His light to others?
Prayer: Dear Father, we thank You for using the sun, moon, and stars to keep order for us on earth, and for using Your spiritually divine light to guide the way through the darkness of life. May we always be prepared to shine Your light to others. Amen.