Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Phosphorus is a fascinating substance. It does not exist as a free element on earth. It cannot because of its high reactivity level. When exposed to oxygen it glows. It gives off light.
The term phosphorescence that we use to describe this reaction is essentially wrong. Phosphorescence is the giving off of light that has been previously absorbed. You’ve all seen that with glow-in-the-dark items that you hold up to the light, light is absorbed, and then the item glows in the dark after the light is turned off.
What happens with phosphorus is chemiluminescence. It is the production of light due to a cold chemical reaction.
You may be wondering what this brief science lesson has to do with today’s Scripture passage from Second Peter.
2 Peter 1:19 “And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”
Well, the Greek word for “morning star” used by Peter is phosphoros. Isn’t that interesting? As the Light of the World, Jesus shines on us so that we give off His light. We are to be involved in spiritual phosphorescence. Check out these marvelous messages from God:
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6)
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” (Isaiah 60:1-2)
The light of God’s glory has shined on us in the person of Jesus Christ. We are now phosphorescent and shine out the glory we have absorbed. “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor. 3:18)
Here’s what I think is the greatest part of this science lesson: when we are cold and dark in the midst of life’s depressing details, the Morning Star comes to us and rises in our hearts. The Holy Spirit, the breath of God, brings the oxygen. Chemiluminescence occurs. The light of God’s glory is created in our hearts. God initiates it when we pay attention to what He is doing.
So when you think you just don’t have any more ability to shine, look to Jesus. His light will shine in your dark place and make you glow. The Morning Star will rise in your heart and make you shine. God created the science for it. He’s created you to enjoy it. So go ahead – illuminate!