When God said, “Let there be light,” there was! But take note that he didn’t design the light holders—the sun, moon, and stars—until four days later. During creation, light was bounding about willy-nilly until it was corralled into designated positions.

Recently I was thinking about that sentence, “Let there be light,” and it hit me anew that those were God’s first recorded words. I don’t know if that makes them more important or holier than anything else he said, but that reminder caused me to lean in and listen deeply because I don’t want to miss the impact of his proclamations.

As I further explored “Let there be light,” I was reminded that not only does Scripture’s first book open with light, but the last book also closes with it. The theme throughout the Bible, from beginning to end, cover to cover, from Genesis to Revelation, is Jesus, the Light of the World.

As a matter of fact, we could say that the Bible is bookended in light and a holy fire. For light is the symbol God has chosen to represent the truth, and Jesus is the flame of our faith. Of course, divine insight is full of light, and Christ is that light; so anytime we understand something that’s true, something we never had grasped before, Jesus is all over it. Don’t you love that?

I can become downright giddy when a fresh truth settles inside me. I want to shout from the rooftop, “I get it! I get it! I finally get it!” —Patsy Clairmont

Faith, Women of. 2012. Daily Gifts of Grace: Devotions for Each Day of Your Year. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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