9 … that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light … (1 Peter 2).
The word “proclaim” here is yet another used in the Bible by Peter and Peter only. It literally means “from among angels”—and we know how angels are used to bring messages (Michael to Daniel, and Gabriel to Zachariah and Mary). Angels leave the bright and holy throne room of God to enter our dark and sinful world with messages for our good. In the same way, we who have been “called out of darkness into His marvelous light,” go out into a dark world proclaiming to people how they can experience the same.
If you have ever been on a cave tour, then you know what it’s like when the tour guide turns out the lights for a few moments. It becomes so dark you cannot see your hand, even when pressed hard against your nose! And then, when the guide lights up even a small match, you see how the entire area brightens—and then, most certainly when the house lights come on again. There is just no experience quite like coming out of pitch black darkness into light—especially in terms of the spiritual.
Lord, we thank You for calling us out of this world’s darkness and into Your light. Help us This Day to be like angels, leaving our safe havens to go out into a dark and messy world to tell others the good news of Jesus. Amen.