In this passage Paul again speaks of what a treasure we have in Christ. The gospel brings light, Paul says. The same power of God which created light out of darkness in the first place, shined His light in our hearts. That’s a lot of light. When I think of the darkest places on earth, I think of those fascinating videos of the ocean floor, where the water is very deep and light doesn’t enter. I think of deep space. What would it be like for a huge searchlight to be turned on in those places?
Paul says the power of God, besides lighting the world, brings light to our hearts. To me this is very comforting. Even though Paul wrote many generations ago, we all still know what it feels like to have a dark heart, and how different it feels to have the “light of the knowledge of the glory of God” (v. 6).
Peter also uses the analogy of light and dark in II Peter 1:19. He says we should pay attention to the words of the prophets, like a “light shining in a dark place.” Certainly our eyes are drawn to a bright light in a dark place, as the light pierces the darkness. Beautifully, Peter talks about paying attention like this “until the day dawns and the morning star arises in our hearts.”
Paul goes on to say that this treasure, this light in his heart, carries him when his life for Christ is discouraging. Who has not felt hard pressed, crushed, perplexed, (v. 8) especially when Satan tries to discourage? May we today feel the light of Christ in our hearts, and be thankful.