Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.
In the beginning there was darkness. The earth was empty and formless…void of color and vitality. But God spoke—and brilliance was born.
“Let there be light.”
God spoke, and light pierced through the darkness, shining its magnificent splendor over the face of the earth. Light shone out of darkness…and it was good.
But evil reared its ugly head in the form of a serpent. His mouth spilled sinister words of deception, plummeting humanity into a pit of darkness and death.
Spiritual darkness has hovered over the earth ever since. The darkness of our depravity pulled us into a deep, murky pit of separation from God. Our faces were covered in the sorrowful shame of our sins.
But God spoke,
“Let there be light.” —and a Savior was born.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Jesus, the light of the world, shines brighter than the darkness around us.
He shines brighter than our shame. Brighter than our sin. Brighter than our past.
The warmth of Christ’s love shines on our faces, making us radiant and revived.
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered in shame.
Peter, James and John saw the face of Jesus like never before.
Transfigured on the mountain, they beheld his face with brilliant splendor and glory.
His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as the light.
When we look upon the brilliant face of Jesus, our lives are forever changed. No longer will the dark shadow of shame overwhelm us. Our faces will be radiant; our garments will shine with shimmering splendor.
Have you met Jesus face to face today? Have you let him into the dark corners of your heart? Do somber shadows of sin and shame still linger?
The word of the Lord has spoken: “Let there be light!”
Look upon his face, dear sister, and let him shine the light of life within your heart.
For God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6
In what ways are you still “living in the dark”? How can the light of Christ shine on your situation? Let me know in the comments below!