Scripture for Today: II Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
I recently saw two sun dogs as the sun was setting over the Puget Sound in Washington. These rainbow-patches of light will sometimes appear on either side of the sun when it is low in the sky. The crystals in the cold air act as prisms, bending the rays of light passing through them. It is thought they are called “sun dogs” as these lights to the left and right of the sun follow it around as a dog follows its master.
Today’s verse tells us that God who created light, also made light to shine within the heart of the follower of Christ. This light shines as we get to know Him. As we learn more and more of the glory of His face and presence, we begin to reflect some of that light ourselves. The light within the believer causes him to shine like stars in contrast to a “warped and crooked generation.” (Phil. 2:15) As we follow that Giver of light, we reflect Him.
I cannot generate any of this light on my own. If there is any light at all coming from me it is all a reflection of Him! It can only happen as I follow Him and stay close, just as those sun dogs do! But even a small chink of light can make a world of difference to finding my way or helping others find theirs. And the light of the knowledge of Him keeps me warm and loved in a world that can be cold and dark.
Thank you Lord, for Your life-giving light!