Summer 2024

Daily Devotional: Wednesday, June 9 - Let There Be Light

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 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 1:1-4

Have you ever wondered why God created light first? Think about it. He is God, the great Creator, and out of all the things He could have created first, He chose light. Why? If we believe God is strategic and all-knowing, then maybe there is something about light we should consider.

Science tells us that light is essential to all of life. Without light we can’t see the beautiful mountains or sunsets over the oceans. When condensed, light can be turned into a laser, and a doctor can do brain surgery with light. Basic biology tells us about the fascinating process of photosynthesis, in which God designed plants to take in carbon dioxide (a poisonous gas), and when combined with light, the plants produce oxygen for living creatures to breathe.

So we know light allows us to see clearly, orients us, is a healing agent and is a source of life that allows us to breathe. Do you think God knew all of these things when He created light? Now do you see why God created light first?

Light is essential to all of human life, and as we consider these attributes of light, we get a deeper meaning to the words of Jesus in John 8:12: “I am the light of the world.” Jesus encompasses all these attributes of light — and much more.

— Reza Zadeh, Denver Broncos chaplain

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