What was there before God created light? Darkness.
“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep … And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God call the light ‘day’ and the darkness he called ‘night.'” (Genesis 1:2-5a NIV)
What is darkness? The absence or lack of light. I find it interesting that darkness is defined in terms of being without something. It’s what was there before the light came on. Along the same pattern of thinking, evil can be defined as the absence of good or morality. And hell, the opposite destination from heaven, is the place where God is not present.
The underlying foundation of opposites is the choice. It’s either one or the other.
Before the Children of Israel entered their Promised Land, Moses clearly laid out two alternatives. Obey God and receive blessings. Disobey His commandments and reap destruction. “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction … This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life …” (Deuteronomy 30:15, 19 NIV)
Years later, Joshua laid out the same choice and told the people to “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24: 15 NIV)
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)
God gave us a choice … and it’s as clear as night and day.
What about you? What does your “before” look like? Do you see a clear choice in life? What choice have you made?