Genesis 1:1-5: ‘And God said…’

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day’, and the darkness he called ‘night’. And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.

I read a devotional by the preacher and author A.W. Tozer. (I’m reminded, by the way, of something Warren Wiersbe wrote about Tozer’s preaching, saying that it was about as safe as a blast furnace!) Anyway, as best as I understood it, in this piece Tozer was saying that we seem to feel obliged, often, to try to explain what God hasn’t explained. He argued that we should have the confidence to say what God has said, and leave the outcome with Him.

God’s Word certainly is a powerful word. Throughout Genesis 1 we hear the repeated refrain: ‘’And God said…And it was so.’’ John 1 tells us that through ‘’the Word’’ (Jesus), ‘’all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made’’ (John 1:3). The writer to the Hebrews says: ‘’sustaining all things by his powerful word’’ (Hebs.1:3). Here in the opening verses of Genesis, God’s Word and Spirit combined to create light where previously there was ‘’darkness’’ (2).

The passage also tells us that God ‘’separated the light from the darkness’’ (4). I want to say, ‘What God has put asunder, let no man join together.’ ‘’…what fellowship can light have with darkness?’’ (2 Corinthians 7:14).

‘’This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin’’ (1 John 1:5-7).

In our own lives; in the pursuit of holiness, we must ever be separating out the darkness from the light. Let the light expose it, then let the darkness be evicted. It does not belong in our redeemed hearts. The light should ‘’govern’’ us (16) and not the dark.

PRAYER: Holy Lord, may we as children of light continually separate ourselves from all which is dark and alien to you.