The Light in You

Amy Clemens

Read: Matthew 5:13-16 Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God. (v. 16 MSG) Jesus tells a crowd at the temple, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), then he tells the crowd during his Sermon on the Mount, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). Is there a contradiction, …

Great Light in the Darkness

Amy Clemens

Read: Matthew 4:12-17 The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light. (v. 16) Epiphany is known as the “season of light,” yet is celebrated in the darkest days of the northern hemisphere. Such a season marked the visit of the wise men to worship Jesus, the “great light” who has illuminated a formerly dark landscape. God, who is light (1 John 1:5), comes wrapped in the flesh of a human being, and why? So the world can get …

Light of God Veiled

Amy Clemens

Read: Habakkuk 3:1-6 His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power. (v. 4) Watching the sun dip into Lake Michigan on a wintery evening is glorious, but darkness comes early and swiftly. Perhaps God closes his hand to veil the power of light, but whether we believe Habakkuk’s vision here is metaphoric or direct revelation, we cannot simply think of light as a metaphoric quality of our God. Genesis tells us …

The Good Light of Exposure

Amy Clemens

Read: Micah 7:7-9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment . . . He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication. (v. 9) The idea of exposure often carries with it the murky film of shame. We are found the fool or caught red-handed. Trapped in shame, we fear laughter, mockery, or disgrace. We recoil, determined to never be …

Day of the Lord Is Darkness

Amy Clemens

Read: Amos 5:16-24 Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! Why would you have the day of the LORD? It is darkness, and not light, as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him. (vv. 18-19) I have been convicted by Amos over one of my dearest desires. I long for Jesus to return in his glory, to right all that has gone wrong, to usher in his kingdom on earth as it …

Judgment as Light

Amy Clemens

Read: Hosea 6:1-7 My judgment goes forth as the light. (v. 5) To understand how God’s judgment goes forth as light, we need to understand how light works. There’s the light we see, which is obvious to all of us. But there’s a whole spectrum of light we can’t see. Did you know that X-rays, radar, microwaves, and radio waves are actually “light”? They all are part of the flow of energy emitted by celestial bodies in the universe called …