Updated: Nov 19
We went out night fishing, a long time ago, and it was a very dark and eerie night. I wasn't accustomed to being out at at night away from the city lights, but still it seemed unusually dark.
It took me awhile before I noticed that it was a moonless night. Could that be the reason why it was so dark? It didn't seem that this would be the reason, since the moon doesn't emit any light of its own, it only reflects the light of the sun.
Sometime after that I was outside at night, and away from city lights, and there was a full moon. Remembering that fishing trip, and the moonless night, I took note. I was truly surprised how much that beautiful full moon lit the night. There was even enough light to cast faint shadows. I also remember that the night did not feel eerie.
It made me appreciate the glory, and power of the sun, that is so brilliant that its reflection, from more than two-hundred and thirty thousand miles away, could so light the night. But it also got thinking about the moon.
In the Genesis creation account God said that He gave the Moon to light the night, though it produces no light on its own. God designed it to reflect the light of the sun, in the midst of the darkness, so that we would know that the Sun is still there, even though it's dark right now.
Since sin entered the scene this world has been a dark place, and the darkness even seems to be advancing. God has always reached out to people in one way or another, throughout history, inviting them to walk in His light. But so many rejected Him and His ways, including His own people, whom He had chosen, even after He had demonstrated His Love and Power in supernatural ways so that they would believe.
My wife and I were talking recently about the events in the Bible that we would like to be able to go back and see in person. We both agreed that God parting the Red Sea and the Children of Israel crossing over on DRY ground would be the top one on our list. Can you imagine seeing such an incredible, powerful display by God on your behalf? I tell myself that if I had seen something like that I would never struggle with doubt again.
How is it that even a miracle like that doesn't convince people to follow God and walk in His light? Well, the Bible answers this question for us as well.
"19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God's light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed." John 3:19-20 NLT -
The most significant way that God has reached to the world is when He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, into the world to suffer and die, and be resurrected for our sin. It was the brightest light the world has ever seen.
But when Jesus returned to Heaven, where He sits at the right hand of the Father ever interceding for us, did He take His light with Him? The answer is "No"! The light of the Son, like the light of the sun, is seen in the darkness of this present evil age, by reflection.
"You are the light of the world--like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14 NLT -
"So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord--who is the Spirit--makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image." -- 2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT
We are to the World what the Moon is to the Earth. Our lives reflect the Glory of God in the midst of the darkness letting people know that Jesus is still alive and that there is hope even in the greatest darkness.
HIS GLORY OUTSHINES OUR IMPERFECTIONS
From a distance the moon is a beautiful, shining white orb in the sky, romantic even in the right setting. But when you look closely you see that the moon is not beautiful at all. (see the picture above)
The moon is riddled with scars from living in a hostile environment. There is no vegetation and the surface is covered in a monochromatic grey tone moon dust. Up close there is really nothing at all glorious about the moon, in fact, it's unattractive.
This gives me hope. My imperfections, my scars, my lack will not keep God's glory from being reflected in me. Like the moon God's plan for my life includes my lack, my scars, my imperfections.
God's desire for us is that we draw closer and closer to him. The closer the moon is to the sun the brighter the reflection of the sun's light. The closer we are to God, the brighter His glory will reflect through us. The brighter His light shining on us, the less visible are our imperfections.
We not only need to continue to grow closer to God, but to the people in our world who are living in the darkness. God's glory reflected in us will bring them hope when the darkness gets too heavy.
We need to trust that God's glory will overcome our lack and imperfections, and that we are releasing His kingdom in our world.
Jesus said that we ARE the light of the world, not that we might be.
Embrace the mission of sharing the light of Jesus. His glory will be seen and people will turn to Him because they see His glory reflecting through us.