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The Jul. 1, 2016 edition of CCM Magazine

1 John 1:5 (NKJV) This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

In so many sci-fi movies and with the advancement of computer-generated graphics, we have seen impressive interpretations of powerful beings, deities, gods … God … in very dramatic forms of light. Makes me wonder what Moses experienced, back in the day?

Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in his hand), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him. (Exo. 34:29 NKJV) The rest of the chapter explains how the people were afraid of this, and that Moses had to cover his face with a veil after he spoke with the Lord. That’s some real power.

God IS light.

Two recently released albums, Jason Gray’s Where The Light Gets In (CCM Magazine’s June 15, 2016 cover), and Switchfoot’s Where The Light Shines Through (current cover) each uniquely employs the notions of God’s all-powerful being—His light—permeating through all that we know, all that we are. Furthermore, shouldn’t we allow Him to shine on and through every part of us, including our deep, dark secrets and wounds? 1 John 1:6 says, If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

There is no darkness in the Lord, whatsoever. If God is light, and He illuminated Moses’ face to the point of Israel’s fear, I wouldn’t want Him to consider me a liar. Where does the light need to go in my life, when does it shine through?

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