The Radiance of God's Glory
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” Hebrews 1:3 (niv)
The darkness in the cave settled over our family, blacker than any darkness I’d experienced before—sound-muffling, heavy blackness with no shades of gray. My eyes strained, but couldn’t find even a pinpoint to focus on. My son squeezed my hand, and nearby my daughter gave a nervous giggle from my husband’s arms.
The park ranger’s voice was almost swallowed by the weight of the emptiness. “Now I’ll use my flashlight to point out unique features of this cavern.” The mild light of a few double-A batteries exploded like the sun. Suddenly quartz formations glistened like diamonds embedded into the walls of the cave. Stalactites glowed with vibrant, limestone white. Even better, my children’s eyes sparkled with wonder. The radiance of the flashlight revealed incredible beauty, impossible to see in the darkness.
There are many days that the world feels like a dark, forbidding cave. Evil has twisted and distorted the beautiful world God created and damaged our relationship with Him and each other. God’s glory is all around us, but we need the radiance of Jesus to illuminate it for us. In fact, without Jesus, my image of God would be full of fear of the unknown and invisible—the same sort of fear I felt far beneath the ground in the dark cave. Because Jesus came in the flesh, He lit up the truth about God’s love for us and illuminated what had seemed frightening and unknowable. He continues to guide us in finding the beauty hidden in our every day.
FAITH STEP: Ask Jesus to reveal God’s glory to you in a fresh way today—perhaps bringing unexpected light to a place that feels dark.
Written by Sharon Hinck