Sept 10 - Brad Arnold, God is Light
Last year Brad Arnold shared his amazing testimony of the long road that brought him to Christ. This past Sunday he took up the mic again. This time he discussed God being the Light, while speaking from his analytical, science-minded point of view and, once again, it was an incredible sermon.
1 John 1:5-8 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
In this passage we know “God is light” is referring to God’s illuminating properties, because it is contrasted with darkness. However, Brad took the idea of light a little further and explored the following ideas:
Light travels approximately 186,000 miles per second. If you were running away from someone as they shone a flashlight on your back, you would never outrun that light. Much the same, you can never outrun God. People who refuse to acknowledge God continue to run from him and his light, but if they were to stop running and turn around, they would see that God had his light trained on them all along. God patiently pursues us always, asking and waiting for us to turn around. Brad reminds us that our belief system has no bearing on God's existance.
There are many parts of the spectrum that we can’t see. To name a couple, gamma rays and radio waves are bouncing around us but our eyes aren’t able to see them. Similarly God is working in endless ways that we can’t see. We are only privy to a small part of his plan, because he knows that if we saw the whole picture, we would be overwhelmed. We may never know everything that he is orchestrating, but we are able to put up our antennae and catch a few of his invisible “rays” through prayer. Spending time speaking with God helps to align our will with our Creator’s.
Darkness isn’t the opposite of light; it is the absence of light. One candle flame can be seen in an enormous, pitch-black coliseum and that darkness will never extinguish the light. Many of us become discouraged because we feel our light is being drowned out by all the darkness in the world, but it isn’t. We have God’s light burning bright in us and if we shine, it will be seen no matter how much darkness we’re up against.
Brad included far more bits of wisdom than I could include here without transcribing his entire message. If you missed this sermon last week, you can still view it here at Ustream.