Day 4: 2 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.
Paul is quoting Genesis 1:3 where God spoke light into the darkness at creation. God’s light dispels darkness, whether it is physical or the darkness of the human heart.
The light that shone in our hearts must have reminded Paul of the time on the Damascus road when God commanded light to envelop Paul. So much so that he was physically blinded.
Paul’s heart was full of darkness, full of murderous hatred as he hunted, tortured and killed any Christian he could find. BUT the light of God shone in his heart and the Jesus that he had hated became the one he loved passionately and was willing to give his life for.
Perhaps the greatest ministry of the Holy Spirit is that he reveals Jesus to us. Only through Jesus, who is the light of the world, can we know what God the Father is like.
There can be darkness in our hearts even as Christians through unforgiveness, fear, doubt, disappointment, grief etc but God’s light will dispel that darkness.
The entrance (or unfolding) of your word brings light – Psalm 119:130
As we hear or feed on God’s word we receive light. Pray over the Bible as you read it and receive the light you need.
God’s light had shone ON Paul. It had shone IN his heart and for the rest of his life Paul sought to let that light shine OUT of his life. We need to let the light that is in us be shining brightly, bringing hope and light to those around us.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light – 1 Peter 2:9