Sunday service, Detlef Stegen, 05 Feb 2017
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
God created the heavens and earth in His greatness. The earth was without form and waste and darkness was upon the face of the deep. God saw that and was not satisfied with the darkness. Therefore He said, “Let there be light”. God also sees when there is darkness in your life and wants to send His light to you.
We read in Daniel how the kings thought themselves supreme, little realizing that God gave them their authority.
The king demanded of his wise men to tell him what he dreamt and its meaning. When God revealed the matter to Daniel he blessed God and praised Him!
God can reveal to you the solution to a king’s problem!
God is speaking to us in these days that we must be fathers and servants in His temple who are not blind and lazy, not being able to straighten our children.
Is there a part of your life that’s unproductive? God is not happy with the desolation and emptiness in your life. He says to you too, “let there be light”.
Is 60:2 – 3
2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
The Pharisees studied the law. They made sure they didn’t miss any interpretation of the law. But when Jesus came He revealed Himself as the Light of the world. But it found no entrance in their lives. They had many questions about Him, which was so different to what they believed. And they took counsel against the Lord and His Anointed (Ps 2).
We read of Hagar running away from her mistress and she went into the wilderness. When God met her and spoke to her she called Him, “You are the God who sees me” (Gen 16:13).
Won’t it be wonderful if we can also respond that He is the Living One who sees me. Have you seen Him who sees you?
Also when God saw the light He saw that it was good. Is God’s good light also in you? Are you pleasing God?
When God says let there be light, He says that He wants to be in you and with you!
But woe to you if the light in you is darkness, then how dense will that darkness be! (Matt 6:23)
It’s a pity if people claim to have the light but they’re filled with darkness!
Now we understand why Daniel could praise God for he lived off God, God was His all, His life. That’s why the psalmist says, I delight to do your will o God and to do your commandments are not grievous! (Ps 40:8)
In God’s light we see things as they really are. Not as the hypocrites and Pharisees see them and interpret them. God, who is light, can show us how things really are!
God wants to bring heaven down to you, that you are in Him and He in you.
Can you now understand that God desires to speak those words to you, “let there be light”.
He sent the One who is the light to us wretched people to bring us light.
What is your reason to come and listen to God’s word? Have you got a heart like Daniel or Samuel? A heart of compassion and forgiveness, love and patience?
Are you holding grudges against people? Are you troubled by evil thoughts or evil eyes? Are you seeking for recognition? Joseph was in jail wrongfully, but there was no trace of bitterness in him.
Remember how you once loved God with all your heart. What is it like today? If you’ve grown lukewarm, go to someone who has just met God, who is on fire with the first love, and experience again what the first love is like, that you might once again be ignited to be on fire for God!
You who are a witness to Jesus’ Light. Are you such a witness? Or are you a witness of darkness by doing things secretly, gossiping about others? Then don’t call yourself a Christian.
Will you bring your secrets to God’s light?
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