God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:16-18 NLT).
God made two great lights – let’s start with the greater of the two. I think we can all agree that the sun is the greater of the two great lights in the sense that it has many life-giving properties and is the larger of the two. We get many benefits from the sun:
Vitamin D which helps regulate the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in our bodies. It also serves to maintain healthy bones and teeth.
Plants use energy from the sun combined with water and carbon dioxide to create their food and release oxygen into the air through the process of photosynthesis.
Animals, including us, eat the plants as a source of food. We also inhale the oxygen that they produce.
At this point let’s pause to think about one question: If there was no sun would we be able to survive?
While you ponder that let me raise an interesting point: did you notice that God created plants after he created light but before he created the sun? Is it then true that plants can use other sources of light to create food? Or was it just a case that with God sustaining them, all things are possible?
The answer: it is possible to grow plants in artificial light but the experts all agree that for most plants the natural light is best. Since mankind didn’t create artificial light until about a hundred years ago, this would have meant that humanity would have been destroyed at its onset as there wouldn’t have been a regular food source.
All that information is wonderful but how does the sun tell of the glory of God?
The sun proves that this planet was designed by a loving God - The earth is the third planet away from the sun in our solar system. Scientists all agree that the positioning is perfect – any further and we would have frozen to death, any closer we would have burnt to a crisp. All of this points to an Intelligent Designer. He made sure the conditions for our survival were perfect before he created the first human being.
We are nourished by the sun – nowadays the sun’s got a bad rap. After years of pollution and over-exposure, we mostly hear that the sun can cause cancer (I’m not knocking the scientists, it’s totally true that over-exposure to the sun, especially for fairer persons can lead to melanoma).
What God had intended was for us to work in an unpolluted world, exposed to the rays of the sun that would provide much-needed vitamin D which would be absorbed through the skin and would lead to healthy and strong bones.
While it is important to take the necessary precautions before exposing ourselves to the sun, I encourage you to remember to be grateful for this life-giving source of light.
The sun should remind us of Jesus – The sun is the light of the world, much as Christians. Our belief in Jesus should cause us to be a shining example in our little corner of the globe. If we let our lights shine before men they will come to glorify our Father who is in heaven.
In a similar manner when we see the light shining from the sun we should take a moment to glorify our Heavenly Father who made all things well.
The sun has many benefits to us and the things that live on this planet. What is it about the sun that causes you to be in awe of the power and glory of God?