This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. — 1 John 1:5 (NLT)
There are a number of “God is…” statements in the Bible. They are proclamations that help to define God’s character for us in ways that our finite minds can grasp. The descriptive phrase “God is light” brings to mind sunshine, or sitting in a bright, artificially lighted room, or perhaps a bolt of lightning that we see outside of our window in the midst of a storm. In the context used here, it is describing God’s holiness. He is pure, undefiled, without sin, blemish, or fault. Everything about God is pure light.
The good news for us is that God is willing to take His light and apply it to the darkness that we have allowed to shroud our own lives. By accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior we have asked God to apply His holiness to our accounts. In other words, God is our sanctifying source. While we have sinned and embraced the darkness, God desires nothing more than to remove the darkness we have succumbed to and replace it with the light of His holiness. While we were not light when we did not know Christ, we have become light through God’s gift of Himself.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Father, Your light shines so brightly that if it were not for Your open invitation I would not dare to approach You. Yet the light that once blinded me has now embraced me. I accept the gift of Your holiness and commit myself to live as light from this day forward.