Understanding the Light


He reveals mysteries from the darkness and brings the deepest darkness into the light. Job 12:22 (HCSB) 


Bringing things into the light is a common theme within the scriptures. We see in Genesis 1:1 that God brings physical light into darkness, and metaphorically, light is a symbol for all things being revealed. Light is also a symbol of faith, holiness, and God. Psalm 119:05 calls God’s word a light unto our paths, Matthew 5:16 tells us to let our light shine before men, and Jesus calls himself the Light of the World in John 8:12.   

God’s light is one of beauty, and one of the most reassuring things about the beauty of God’s light, is that it is also a symbol for his sovereignty as found in Job 12.  Contextually, we see Job’s suffering, his questioning, and his lamenting about the preceding events that have happened in his life.  In this statement about God revealing mysteries from the darkness and bringing the deepest darkness into the light, Job is reaffirming that all wisdom belongs to God.  Job 12:13 states that wisdom, strength counsel and understanding are His.  True wisdom, in Hebrew called “tushiyah” is sometimes beyond human comprehension.  To hold on to tushiyah, is to recognize, respect, and praise the sovereignty of God.   

Job didn’t know what was going on behind the scenes in the heavenly realms.  What Job did know is that God is good, and God is just.  Because Job held on to what he knew about God, and his faith did not deter, and he was blessed.  

We go through many things in life that we do not understand.  Some things we will not understand this side of heaven, but let me encourage you today, that if you are going through a storm, remember the light.  Remember God is good, just and He loves you.  Lean into Him, trust Him, and praise Him.   


Father I praise you today that you are the light in the midst of all darkness. I thank you that your word continues to be a light and lamp for me, and I thank you that you bring light to the darkness in my life.  When things happen that I cannot comprehend, grant me wisdom and faith to trust in You.  I praise you that you are in control, and You are good.  In Your Holy Name I pray, Amen. 

Your Turn 

How do you deal with things you don’t understand? 

Praise God today for the wisdom He has granted you.   

Spend time this week in Job 12.