An overlooked name of God is “Father of the Heavenly Lights.” Sun, moon, and stars are the common terms for the illuminators of our atmosphere. Imagine the scene when they were created: “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.’ And it was so.” (Genesis 1:14–15)
Despite the fact that God literally spoke these luminosities into being, I marvel in amazement at the sheer concept of light. Light is defined as a noun on dictionary.com: “Light is something that makes things visible or brings clarification: All colors depend on light. Light is defined in physics as luminous energy and radiant energy. Light is the thing that causes our eyes to react. Light is an illuminating agent or source, as the sun, a lamp, or a beacon.”
God had great plans for the sun and the moon. In fact, he’d already designed specific job assignments for each one. ”God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:16–19)
Every spectacular sunrise is an offering of God’s affection, a daily reminder God is still on His throne. Each moonlit night draped in a velvety sky dotted with twinkling stars is created for our delight and God’s glory. It’s no wonder God expresses His desire to give us more favors in James 1:17, which says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” God gives good gifts to His children. He created the stars and moon to light the night; in the same way, He will shine His hope by offering His presence anytime we need it, but especially on our darkest days of depression and hopelessness. Thank the Father of Heavenly Lights.
Our Heavenly Father is the most generous person in the universe; He gave His only son for us. Let every breath we take remind us our life is a gift from Him. Now that you know more about this name of God, “Father of Heavenly Lights,” how will you invite your Father of Heavenly Lights into the dark places of your life? If you ask, the One who gave birth to the sun, moon, and stars will begin to push away your dark clouds of despair. How will you respond to the giver of everything you have and are?
Father of Lights, thank you for your plan and promise for my life. Thank you for every good and perfect gift you have given me. Thank you for the opportunity to share how generous you are. I give you all the glory and praise. In Jesus’ name, amen.