Shedding Light From Heavenly Places

Light has amazing properties. It can penetrate through non-solids, it can reflect (bounce off) and refract (be bent into a spectrum of colors when changing mediums), and be absorbed. It has intensity and amplitude and speed and direction. I can’t remember all my studies from 10th grade physics but I am glad we studied the properties of Light. We learned that there are two dominant theories of light—the Wave theory and the Particle theory. The Wave Theory likens light to waves of energy. Almost every property and tested hypothesis that applies to waves applies and holds true for light. The Particle Theory likened light to small packets of energy that would explode and would emit light in the release of energy. This theory too held close to the properties and tested hypotheses of particles. Neither theory was conclusive of the nature of Light.

There was one theory that we did not pursue—God is Light. It is no wonder that they cannot classify or draw any final conclusions about what the nature of Light is any more that we can draw any final conclusions about the ultimate nature of God. We can describe things we observe regarding Him and understand things that He reveals but we cannot place into human comprehension all that He is. He is beyond our ability to reason or understand. Many people do stretching exercises for their bodies. The best mind and brain exercise I know is to contemplate God. That activity will stretch your mind to amazingly challenging proportions.

God is Light and the source of all light. We too are like Him in our capacity to be as lights, shining in the day. We are commanded to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matt. 5:16. We have light too. Our light is a reflection of Him and a permeation of Him through us. Others can see the Light of God in us as we become His instruments.

In many ways the Sun is a shadow (if I may use that concept here) of Him. It teaches us spiritual truths about God through earthly physical understanding of the Sun. He is the center of our galaxy. He holds all our known reality together. We get our life and light from Him. All our power is from Him. There is nothing in the presence of the Sun that is not affected by it. The Sun cannot coexist with the darkness. It nourishes and provides and protects and enlightens and enriches and illuminates and, and, and…

But God has chosen to not remain alone in the heavens but has brought forth many stars. Stars reflect the light and the glory of the Sun. The sun can be seen in all the stars. We are each individually and corporately (as a collective body) a reflection of the glory of God. I Corinthians 15:41: There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. We each have a story and a glory to tell regarding God. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalm 19:1.

God has placed each star in the heaven in the place He wants it. Each, together with its surrounding members has a story to tell. The job of a star is to stay put where God has placed it and to speak into and from the context of the whole body. They are each important and interdependent upon one another to complete the picture. One star by itself has a very limited story. But place that star in the panorama of the heavens and all of the sudden he speaks volumes. He does not need to shine any brighter or move up and down, just remain, abide. God will say what he wants through the fruit of his submission to rest and remain where he is placed.

Every now and again you will see an amazing sight in the heavens, something that looks like a star attracting tremendous attention to itself. It seems to have gotten the bright idea that if it speaks louder and makes large sweeping movements it has the right to tell its own story. It shoots across the sky in a trajectory that cuts right across and in front of the heavenly host. In one blast of personally edifying glory it expends all its energy in one grand exit. It wanted attention so badly that it is willing to die for all eternity. It is glorious to behold but sobering to imagine the cost of that great distraction from the Picture God wanted to show.

It seemed that one of God’s sons has been lost forever. But I am told that he never was a star. He was a comet. He was never meant to hold a place in the Eternal Picture of Gods Glory. It was just a flash in the pan. A one time thing meant to distract us from the Big Picture. Sons have an amazing capacity to remain at rest, not needing excessive attention or to make a big show. They just sit there quietly telling about God’s glory as it reflects off them.

Isaiah 60:1: Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

Daniel 12:3: And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Matthew 13:43: Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

II Corinthians 4:6: For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:15: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;