In The Beginning God – Part 3
“And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.” Genesis 1:4-5
The darkness that was on the face of the deep in Genesis 1:2, now becomes dispelled by the light, or at least the light consumed it for a time until God divided it from the darkness and created day and night. This darkness was the absence of light until God created light, but after light was created darkness took on a new function. It became a part of the function of defining the first day and every day that followed now and into all eternity.
Darkness was contrasted with light in that it was not called good at creation but it was incorporated into the cycle of day and night which we know was and is necessary for all living creatures to experience in order to maintain good health. We need times of regular activity, work and play and times of rest. And that rest time for the most part is during the night.
As the children of light we are created to perform our greatest tasks while the day lasts and let the evening provide a natural close to the day in order that we can rest and recharge, refresh our bodies and our minds.
The world we live in today has turned the natural cycle of daily living on its head so that we are now a 24-7 culture. A host of inventions in the past century and even more so today with our electronic gadgets have completely altered the natural rhythm of life’s daily cycles into a never ending pursuit of the next stimulus to engage and excite our senses so that we fight sleep and devise all kinds of mechanisms to keep ourselves awake and alert in order to (we think) experience more of life and live at a higher level of social and economic privilege.
But, the real results have not been that we and more healthy or more productive. Every successive generation has become more and more dependent on medicine and other artificial systems to correct what has been lost or disrupted in the natural rhythm of Life as God intended it to be. In fact, the Scriptures expressly warns against the 24-7 lifestyle.
“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.” Psalm 127:2
When we allow ourselves to follow the natural rhythm of day and night we will be freer from illnesses brought on by lack of sleep, and more alert and engaged at our work and play during the day. Our minds and emotions will be more in balance and our ability to be sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit in us will become more acute, so that we can do the work of ministry to which God has called each of us.
“Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” 1 Thessalonians 5:5
“But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8
Work, play and rest in the right balance is God’s plan for His creation.