John 8:12, “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
Darkness engulfed us as we motored along two lane highways on a recent trip across the Texas Panhandle. Our sole company was 18-wheelers, and even with headlights on high beam, it proved difficult to know whether the road curved, angled or straightened. Not a drive for the faint-hearted! However, much to our delight we began to notice large trunks outlined in red and white lights. As long as we followed the lights we had clear direction.
Sometimes as a result of our own choices or as a victim of another’s choice we fall into a kind of darkness and we realize there has to be something better, something more. It’s like being in an explosion and crawling to safety through the rubble; or trying to find the end of a dark tunnel filled with snakes, spiders and cobwebs; or even struggling to escape a burning building. At first you may feel there is no one to lift you out, show you the way or pull you to safety.
But God is real and rescues you through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. But for those already Christian, God provides resources; the Bible, prayer, commitment to growth, community of believers, Christian books and friends, wise and godly counselors, to name a few. He draws you back into His light.
Genesis 1:4, “God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.”
Stark distinction exists between light and dark, and God separates us from the darkness. With Him we’re able to step out of the rubble, the tunnel, and the burning building into the light. It feels good and healing begins.
Just as those truck lights showed us the way, God shows us the road to eternal life. But life isn’t only about receiving and living in the light; it’s also about spreading it. As we share, doesn’t our light become brighter as it grows more obvious and more consistent? How will you get and give, discover and display, and follow and feature God’s light this week?
Discovering God’s Way out of Darkness, PJ
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