Flashes of Brilliance

His splendor covers the heavens, and the earth is full of His praise. His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, and there is the hiding of His power. Habakkuk 3:3b-4

Ever since smartphones became our permanent appendages, the common man has set forth to snap the penultimate sunset or sunrise. As brilliant as these may be, they are just a glimpse of God’s glory.

Fact is, when light is discussed in conjunction with God it’s normally blinding, issuing forth from fire or lightning.

As I looked, behold, a storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like glowing metal in the midst of the fire. Ezekiel 1:4

You can’t really capture God’s power with a lens. There’s no neutral-density filter capable enough to get off a shot. It always ends up being blinding white light, unbearable to behold.

It’s good that he hides his power from us (v. 4), or only allows us to witness his radiance from afar.

We just see the fringes of the Lord’s work. We see faintly that which is being done in the distance. Job 36:14

Outside of an occasional bolt of lightning that strikes close by, which is terrifying to witness, we continue to enjoy the sunsets and sunrises. We snap them, apply our own filter, and post them, taking all the photo credit.

We don’t know who we’re messing with!

About Rick Reynolds

You'll find me in the far right hand corner of evangelical Christianity. Been studying the Word for nearly 45 years and counting.
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