The Light of Truth

“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 the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6

The sun dawns and greets me each morning, slowly creeping its way up behind my pool at the back of my house. As it rises, I stand in the kitchen dumping coffee grounds into the coffee press, a morning ritual as common as every morning’s sunrise. The sun continues its morning stretch, greeting the day and making its way up into the sky. I see the sun’s light pour through the pool’s screen enclosure and then skate across the surface of the pool. The dancing rays bounce off the sliding glass door and come right into my kitchen. I watch the rays of light dance around the kitchen, reminding me of the tiny flying fairy, Tinker Bell.

In the rays of morning sun shining on the counters, I see dust and grime everywhere. The sun shines like a spotlight, highlighting the dust I can’t see with the naked eye. I looked at it surprised because the house had been dusted just a day or two before. Yet, it looks as though it hasn’t been cleaned in weeks.

It’s amazing how the brightness of pure light reveals what is usually hidden and unseen.

The same happens when I open God’s Word. His light shines through the pages and into my heart, revealing things of which I was unaware. As I read the Word, the sins and idols that lie hidden in dark corners of my heart are revealed beneath the bright light of God’s truth. I can see the ways I have been relying on myself and my own strength. I can also see my pride, self-righteousness, and selfishness.

When I’ve not been in the Word for a while, I don’t realize these weeds have taken root in my heart. Like the dust on my counters that I cannot see without the bright sunlight, without God’s Word shining in my heart, I won’t see the sins that are sprouting in the darkness.

The Word not only shines a light on my sin, it also reminds me of my ongoing need to be covered with the grace of the gospel. It points to me to the love of Christ and his blood shed for me. It draws me to the foot of the cross in repentance and the gospel’s power radiates forgiveness over me.

The sun comes each new morning, giving light to all things so they can grow and flourish. To grow in Christ, I also need continual exposure to the light–the light of God’s word. I need the Word to show me my need for a Savior and the gift of grace he has lavished on me. Without ongoing saturation of the Word, I will walk in darkness.

And so, as I greet each new sunrise, I will also soak in the light of God’s Word. And my heart will rejoice and dance freely in the sparkling rays of his grace.

How about you? Have you been showered by the light of God’s grace?

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