With summer solstice around the corner I figured this I Am statement was a good fit for this week.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12
Lets for a moment focus on darkness if we can. In a few weeks North America will be lighting up all over with beautiful arrays of fireworks. I wonder for a moment, has anyone seen darkness completely consume the light off of a fire work? Chances are, since light eliminates darkness, you haven’t. Since the beginning, light has been chasing away darkness wherever it goes.
The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. – Genesis 1:2
Grade 3 science will tell you that light is essential for life. God in his mercy and love for all of us, gifted us with a sun that burns bright, and provides the Earth with a free supply of light so that everything we see can exist.
At one point, we all walked in darkness. Jesus is the light and when you follow Him, he provides you with a new life. He also offers life in abundance not just existence. This is what Jesus means at the end of the verse when He says “… but will have the light of life.”
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10
Now I know what you are thinking, these are extremes. Either you are ‘sun bathing’ or sitting in a dark cellar not even able to see your hand in front of your face. What about those who know who Jesus is, what He did, and only go to Him when things get tough? That’s okay right?
Have you ever tried to navigate through the house in the dark? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stubbed my toe, or hit my knee off something. I would like to state that walking on a piece of Lego, might be one of the worst things to step on unexpectedly. My point is, if I made it a regular practice to turn on the light before hand instead of just running to the light switch after disaster strikes, I may have avoided some really painful experiences. Don’t get me wrong, even with the light on there is no guarantee you won’t step on the dogs bone or trip over the coffee table (as a klutz I can fully relate). Walking with God is the same.
When disaster strike people are quick to ask “Why didn’t God stop this or do something about this?” (regarding school shootings in the United States) I find Billy Graham’s daughter’s answer to be such an eye opener. “For Years we have told God we didn’t want Him in our schools. We didn’t want Him in our government and we didn’t want Him in our finances and God was being a perfect gentleman in doing just what we asked Him to do. We need to make up our mind – do we want God or do we not want Him. We cannot just ask Him in when disaster strikes.”
Jesus is the Light of the World, meaning He not only chases out darkness and gives life, but he gives it abundantly. You have a choice, God knows and sees everything you do. You have the option to open your blinds daily and invite the Son into your life. You can also choose to shut Him out and go back to existing in a void and empty life consumed by darkness. When is the last time you have talked to God without a prayer request? Take the time now to bow your head and pray with thanksgiving for all that is good in your life. When that is finished, I would suggest one small prayer that can impact your walk in a big way. Ask God to shed some light on the dark places in your life. Since God knows and sees all that you do and think, ask Him to show you ways in which you can invite Him into places and parts of your life that currently might sit in darkness.
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” – James 1:17
By Donald Porter