“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good and he separated the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:3-4
Thomas Kinkade is one of my favorite painters. He focuses a lot on contrasting, to promote light. He is known as a, “Painter of Light.”
Many years ago I bought a mug for a friend from hallmark for Christmas. It had a Thomas Kinkade painting on it. When you put a hot beverage into the cup, the painting would illuminate. I thought to myself how beautiful is that? Only when the ceramic was heated to the max did it shine so beautifully.
If we never felt the heat at times in life, perhaps we would never know what we were made of. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had faith that God would rescue them from the fiery furnace. King Nebuchadnezzar had certainly seen the hand of God when they came out of that situation untouched. (Daniel 3) You may feel a little empty handed at times when face to face with battles, but it is in those times that God will shine the brightest in your life, and you will be lead into victory. You simply need to have a little faith and trust God in those times. It is in those times He is shaping you, and purifying you until you shine the brightest. (Zechariah 13:9, Psalm 66:10)
My friend absolutely loved the cup I gave her, and she still uses it today. The mug had a nice big beautiful handle on it, so she was safe from getting burned. This reminds me that God will never give us more than we can handle (1 Corinthians 10:13) and you will never have to go through things alone.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” – Isaiah 43:2
A candle is only beautiful when the wick is lit with a fire. Solar lights depend on the light from the sun during the day, to keep them illuminated at night. Jesus had to die on the Cross, for God’s love to be shown, and the veil to be torn in two (Matthew 27:51) We could now as sinners find communion with the light of God once again.
In Genesis 1:3-4 it states that light was separated from the darkness. We are not meant to live in the dark when we are clearly children of the light. (Ephesians 5:8) Loved by our creator; the true painter of light. The bible says that the Lamb is the light. (Revelation 21:23) That lamb is Jesus. God gave us the sun, the moon, and the stars as light for the earth; however, God gave us Jesus to be the light of our life; an eternal light.
“The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” – Revelation 21:23
We need the love of God to shine on us through the best of times, so that we can have a light to guide us in the darkest of times. Christmas is such a beautiful time, as we all love to illuminate the night with lights on our houses and decorations. The wisemen were guided by the light of a single star. (Matthew 2:9-11) This Christmas let’s let our light shine in the dark, so that others may also find their way.
“This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” (Matthew 5:16)