"The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God." – Genesis 17:8
“And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.”
All of creation goes through seasons. We all have times when it seems like daylight and when it seems like night. I’m sure that everyone has experienced a time of complete desolation and winter as well as the warmth of summer. Sometimes in our lives we feel so alone, yet it is merely another season of life. It can be difficult to get through these hard times of loneliness; however, God has provided lights for us. These lights come in many different forms. As we look at this scripture, I’d like to look at it from a spiritual perspective. God hasn’t just given physical lights which light our ways; he has bestowed upon us spiritual ones as well.
Not only has He given us two bright lights by which we may be guided, His Word and His Spirit. He has also given us more stars than we could ever hope to count. The Spirit is seen in the Sun, for it is the only true source of light for anything. C. S. Lewis once said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” Truly, God’s Spirit enlightens our minds to truths that we would never have beheld otherwise. God himself is the ultimate light just as our sun is our ultimate light. In the prologue to John’s Gospel, he says that Jesus was “the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9). Just as the Sun is incomparable, only God’s Light can be termed ‘true light.’ Everything else is imitation.
Meanwhile, the moon represents God’s Word because it reflects the light of the True Light. The Bible contains the truth about the God and thus, reflects him; however, it is not the light. Wthout the Spirit’s enlivening the Word, it would just be another book. Fortunately, because the Spirit of God shines, reflecting off of the pages of scripture, it becomes the “Sword of the Spirit.”
Think of the stars as the saints of God through the ages. They shine from the pages of scripture and history. They twinkle in our lives as we pass by them and worship with them. God once promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. Truly, his spiritual children — the church — shine brightly for all to see.
When we have a hard time determining what course to take, we need to look at the signs in the sky. Before radar and GPS boats had to navigate by using the stars, sun, and moon. These heavenly bodies told them everything they needed to know about where they were, what time it was, etc. If the navigator on board wouldn’t have understood how to read the sky, they would have had a hard time getting anywhere. We too, need to learn how to read the “sky”. God has provided us with numerous directions. Let’s use them.