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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Tuesday April 10, 2018

“And God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light.” — Genesis 1:3

Light Bulbs and Life

When Thomas Edison invented the first long-lasting incandescent light bulb in 1879, he changed the world, including the world of sports. Night baseball began in 1935. High school, college and pro sports and the Olympic Games are all played under lights now. I thank God for creating Thomas Edison, and I thank God for artificial light.

In regards to this, I recently read a simple statement that caused me to realize that I’ve been taking for granted a vital ingredient in human existence. It said, “Without light, life is impossible.” This is true.

I knew that oxygen, water and blood (and of course, pizza) are the building blocks of life, but light must be included. If the sun, which is our source of light, dissolved tomorrow, plants and animals would soon die (no more ingredients for pizza), and human life would end as soon as it took to deplete grocery stores and grain silos. So I thank God for His natural light.

Also, without spiritual light, spiritual life would be impossible. Isaiah 49:6 foretells that Jesus would bring such light to Jews and Gentiles. John 8:12 shows Jesus as “the Light of the world,” and 2 Peter 2:19 says His Word is like “a light shining in a dark place.” I thank God for His spiritual light.

Have you taken light for granted? Ephesians 5:20 says, “…give thanks for all things…”

Stanley Tucker

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