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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Light of the World

One of the first memorable experiences that I have of the home my family is currently living in comes from our first night there.  The house is in a more rural area and, unlike the previous town we lived in, there are no streetlights illuminating the outdoors after the sun sets.  After an exhausting day of moving, we were all ready to crawl under the covers and dream the night away.  When we shut off the lights we were enveloped in a darkness that was new to us.  At first there was silence.  Soon however, almost in unison, three voices rang out saying, “It sure is dark in here!”

How many times have you gotten up at night and stumped your toe on the end of the bed because of the darkness?  In our house it is common to step on a dog’s toy that squeaks and wakes everyone up because it couldn’t be seen.  You may have, as we did, choose to place night lights strategically around the house to avoid those little accidents.

God didn’t create us with the ability to see clearly in the dark.  He didn’t give us that either physically or spiritually.  Have you ever wondered why?  Think of the lesson we learn.  Without light, it is difficult to maneuver.   John 8:12 says, “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”  Just as it is a reflex for us to reach for a light switch when we physically are unable to see, so He wishes for it to be a reflex for us to reach for Him in the spiritual darkness of life.

While we may only be able to see one step at a time, Jesus is able to see the entire path clearly.  If we reach for Him, and follow Him, we can have the assurance that we are safe and secure.  He will not lead us to stumble.  He never needs to replace batteries in a flashlight.  He never has to check the breaker switch in a power failure.  He is by His very nature Divine Light.  Darkness cannot dwell where He dwells.  That is the kind of light I want to live in.

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