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The Greater Light to Govern the Day

August 11, 2019


The Greater Light to Govern the Day

Throughout God’s word,  we hear phrases about light.      Just a “few” to think about include:

Psalm 4:6
Many are saying,  “Who will show us any good?”
Lift up the light  of Thy countenance  upon us,  O LORD!

Psalm 18:28
For Thou dost  light my lamp;
The LORD my God illumines my darkness.

Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light  and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?

Psalm 36:9
In Thy light we see light.

Psalm 97:11
Light is sown like seed  for the righteous,
And gladness  for the upright in heart.

Psalm 119:105
Thy word is  a lamp to my feet,
And a light  to my path.

Isaiah 5:20
Woe to those who call evil good,  and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light  and light  for darkness.

Isaiah 9:2
The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light
Those who live  in a dark land,
The light will shine on them.

Luke 11:35
Then watch out  that the light in you  may not be darkness.

John 1:4
In Him was life;  and the life  was the light of men.

John 3:19
And this is the judgment,  that the light is come into the world,  and men loved the darkness  rather than the light;  for their deeds were evil.

John 8:12
Again therefore  Jesus spoke to them,  saying,  “I am  the light  of the world;  he who follows Me  shall not walk  in the darkness,  but shall have  the light of life.”

It is easy to get carried away  with citing many passages  regarding the light we  so desperately need,  but many more  should have been cited.      When we have God’s light,  we are seeing the rightness and holiness  of all of His ways.      With God’s light,  our hearts are held in awe  at the greatness  of His love and authority,  His strength and power.      The LORD  is the essence  of all that is holy , right,  and good.      Because of all this,  only the LORD has the power  to save us  from our corruption  and sin.

With all of the above verses in mind,  we could also consider  Genesis 1:16,

And God made the two great lights, the greater light  to govern the day, and the lesser light  to govern the night.

Yes,  this verse  is describing God’s creation.      The greater light is the sun  and the lesser light  includes the moon and stars.      The day  is often referred to  as the time in which we see things clearly  and know where to walk.      The night  often refers to the times  we cannot see  and stumble around  in our sin.      It is in darkness  that we  are lost  and have no clue where we are going.      The darkness of a deep forest filled with brambles,  rocks,  and pits  is awfully dangerous  —  just as is the darkness  of our sin.

In the picture language of God’s word,  the greater light”  is Jesus Christ our Savior.      He alone  is able  to lead us  so that we can see if we are headed  for our heavenly home.      Jesus alone  is able to show us  just how ugly our sins are  and how they will certainly condemn us to eternal hell  —  unless we abide  in His light.      Jesus,  the light of the world,  rules (governs) all that is of the day,  which includes our salvation,  granting us the guidance we need  for living in this world,  and the blessedness of heaven.

The  lesser light”  that governs the night”  includes the moon and stars.      The moon’s light  is but a reflection of the sun.      Sometimes it shines,  and sometimes not.     We are in this dark and sinful world  and we need  to be a reflection  of our Savior,  so that others can at least have a little bit of light  to find their way.      Everything around us  is dark and dangerous,  but when we reflect Jesus,  people will know  that we are  in the “Sonshine”.

Only God can give us the true light  to reflect upon others.      Anything else that some want to proclaim  as enlightening  to our salvation  will prove to be false.     Therefore,  all our living  needs to be solidly based  on what God’s word proclaims.      We need light.      We need Jesus.      Let us not love the darkness  of our sinful natures,  because it will lead  to eternal death.      Since Jesus offers us light,  we need to graciously  and thankfully live  in His light.

In the blessedness  of the light of the world,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      LORD,  how good it is  to be in Your ‘Sonshine’!”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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