“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it” (John 1:1-5, NLT).
Before all else―before creation―before the first breath of life, the Word breathed. God was the Word. The Word was not only with the Creator; the Word was Him. God and the Word were one. He was its author and life-giver—its Truth and purpose. That purpose brought forth His creation, and nothing came into being unless it came through His Truth and His Word. His life-giving Truth became substance. And His Creation came into existence. His Word gave life to all that He had created. Into man God breathed His own life and light (Genesis 2:7). His light shines in the darkness, and darkness can never put it out.
Whatever the state of the world around you―whatever attempts to control it―whatever you face in this life―whatever attempts to strike terror in your heart―His Word still breathes. His Truth still lives through His Word. His light still shines. It can never be extinguished. You are His creation, and Jesus Christ, the light that can never be extinguished, desires to live in you and to breathe life into your existence. If you take Him into your life His light shines in you. He becomes your life. That life―His light―can never be put out if you continually seek Him and surrender to His will. His life will live in you forever―just as His Word will live forever.
His Truth and His Word, continually shine in the darkness bringing His light and life to His creation. No matter what happens to His creation—no matter what His creation becomes—no matter the storm— His Word lives and breathes and lights the world. It can never be extinguished. Do not allow darkness to put out the beautiful gift of His life that God has breathed into you. Let His light shine in you illuminating, revealing, and promising hope. Jesus Christ, through the priceless gift of His own life, has overcome the world. Nothing can ever overcome He who created everything.
“I send out my Word,” declares the Lord, “and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it” (Isaiah 55:11, NLT). Allow His Word to produce fruit in you. Allow His light to shine no matter what might appear to prosper. His Word accomplishes His purpose. His Word still breathes life.
(Copyright 2017 Lynn Hampton Lacher)