Friday, September 11, 2009

God Said


“God Said” (Genesis 1:3)

Imagine complete darkness then with just the words “Let there be light”, light is created. This is what occurs when God speaks. In six days he created all that we can see with our eyes and much more. He spoke the sun, moon and stars into existence. He spoke animals into existence. He spoke us into existence. “God said” is all that is needed for existence.

The same God who spoke all things into existence is not a distant God. He is author of salvation. He has the power to speak anything into creation. We should stand amazed when we see a beautiful sunrise. God is giving us a taste of his beauty. Through the sun we can also see a small glimpse of his glory and power. But the most amazing of God’s creations is when we see sinners changed through God speaking new life into them. Observing his power through creation is amazing but the reality of taking my dead heart and speaking life into it amazes me more. “God said” to my dead heart, “Let there be life” and so it happened.

How can we know this is true?

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6). God is able to speak into dark hearts “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” He reveals the reality of Christ to us. He allows us to see the price paid at Calvary for our sins. We see ourselves in light of his holiness and we must confess as Isaiah, “Woe is me.” We have dark hearts with no longing for God but God graciously speaks light into the darkness. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:4-5). Dark and dead we were when “God said” arise in the light of my glory and grace for all eternity. The great God of creation is the same great God of our salvation.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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