Daily Devotion | Day 283
“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:3-5, NKJV).
Day one of the creation story in Genesis is interesting. God commanded light to come forth, and it did. It’s no coincidence that God called forth light. Light sets the stage for great things to happen. Light is the herald of good news. Where there’s light, there’s clarity. Where there’s light, there’s hope.
Next, the Bible says God saw the light, that it was good. God didn’t accidentally see the light. He purposefully looked at it and determined that it was good. Then He divided the light from the darkness. Here again, God didn’t leave it to chance that light will automatically stand out from darkness. He made the effort to separate (divide) the light from the darkness.
When all was done, the Bible says, “So the evening and the morning were the first day.” The day started with evening and closed with the morning. In other words, the day progressed from evening darkness to the morning brightness. This is the pattern for all six days of creation. None of these details is a coincidence. The Creator intends to convey a message to us. Let’s find out what it is.
How you count your day is important. You can be intentional about how you live your day. When God called forth light, He looked at it and saw that it was good. To count your day right, it’s important to focus on the bright side (the light). There’s light in your life. But you have to be intentional about seeing it. Each new day is an opportunity to acknowledge the light and call your day a good day.
What you acknowledge, you’re likely to experience. You can be surrounded by light, but if you don’t acknowledge it, all you will see is darkness. You can begin each new day with a whisper of faith, “In the Name of Jesus, let there be light! Father, I thank you that my day is filled with light. Today is a good day. I am glad and I rejoice in it. Amen.”
You need to separate light from darkness, and focus on the light. Whatever you focus on affects you. If you focus on darkness and gloom, sooner or later it’s going to affect you. But when you focus on the bright side of life (the light), you’re doing the right thing. In the spiritual realm, like attracts like. This means darkness attracts darkness and light attracts light.
Finally, according to the creation account, a day starts in the evening and progresses to the brightness of the morning. God wants you to count your day right. Evening comes first, but it does not have the last word; morning does. God wants you to look forward to the brightness of the dawn. He doesn’t want you to look forward to evil and darkness.
Our heavenly Father wants you to anticipate light and welcome the joy it brings to you. As the Psalmist says, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5, KJV). Be careful what you anticipate because it may very well come to pass. What you anticipate, you attract. Therefore, anticipate right. Anticipate light.
From now on, learn from your Father in heaven. Count your day right. Count it bright.
Blessing: May the Lord surround you with light, favor and tender mercies. Amen.
For further study: Genesis 1:1-31 and Psalm 118:1-29