Reflections on 2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 

2 Corinthians 4:6

I did not do a good job of memorizing this verse, yet God still taught me through it.

Again, as with 2 Peter 1:3, this idea of God blessing us through knowledge struck me. I find myself cautious of knowledge. I have heard so many times how you can know many things about God and not know him. 

But is that the exception or the rule? What is it about that kind of knowledge that takes you away from God instead of toward God? Those are questions for another time. For now, I am satisfied to things about how there is a knowledge that brings us closer to God.

Knowledge of the glory of God is a kind of light in our souls, this verse says. We should be seeking this kind of knowledge. At the same time, this verse also compares this knowledge to God speaking into our souls.

It is as if we are alone in a dark room, and then God suddenly opens a window and light comes streaming in. That is how the knowledge of the glory of God comes to us. It seems that God sends it. Could we find that window in the dark? Could we open it ourself? 

Perhaps those are not wise questions to ask. It may not matter. What does seem clear is that we should embrace this light. We should bask in it. We should accept it and let it shine into every corner of our souls.