I’ve been thinking a lot about light and sunshine and energy lately. Today’s devotional from our church fitted right into that theme.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NIV)
That’s quite a promise! I am a follower of Jesus. The promise is for me. I will never walk in darkness. I got to meditating on how I can bring that light to others.
How can I bring:-
The light of knowledge to those stuck in the darkness of ignorance? The light of hope to those in the darkness of despair? The light of freedom to those enslaved by the darkness of addiction? The light of peace to those battling dark coils of anxiety? The light of love to those in the darkness of rejection and abandonment? The light of joy to those in the darkness of disillusion? The light of guidance to those in the darkness of the lost? The light of life to those perishing in the utter darkness?
Lord, please show me how to be your torch bearer so that others may not walk in darkness. Amen.
Yesterday morning, as I was bathing, the sun’s angle changed in such a way that the sunshine streamed through my bathroom window and caressed me. I felt it was a kiss of God and I felt loved and protected. It got me to thinking about God and light.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5 NIV)
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
Light has often been a symbol for God in the bible.
A friend’s young baby of four months suddenly had convulsions. Doctors found a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins (AVM). She needed brain surgery to remove it from the deep brain regions. My young friend was anxious and afraid. As she stood next to her beloved baby girl in the recovery room, suddenly a shaft of natural sunshine streamed through the window, outshining the sterile hospital artificial light. She knew in that moment that her daughter would be all right and that God was with her.
Of course, God is with us all the time and loves us all the time but sometimes me need a reminder, just like we will sometimes give our child or grandchild an impulsive hug.
I got another kiss of God a few days ago. A few days before lockdown, a beam of sunlight shone straight through our ventilation brick, again reminding me that God is with me.
So in this time of darkness and fear, let’s keep our eyes and ears open for the touch of God in small almost unnoticeable ways.
South Africa is undergoing load shedding at the moment. That means that for four hours at a time, electricity is switched off in a certain area. It is staggered so that yesterday it was 4 pm to 8 pm and today it is 8 am to 12.30 pm. Sitting in the dark with candles and torch light got me to thinking about the references to darkness and light in the bible. They didn’t have electricity in those days.
The obvious ones came to mind. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path,” Psalm 119:105
or “Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick….” (Math 5:15 KJV) Of course the NIV translates a bushel as a bowl. Last night I lit a candle just so we could see what we were eating for dinner. I can’t imagine putting it under a bowl or tall vase.
But the verses my mind lingered on are from John 1.
“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it……..
“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own and his own did not receive him.” (John 1:4-5 and 9-11 NIV)
What particularly struck me was the contrast between the darkness and the world. The darkness had to submit to the light. It had no choice. However the true light came to his own and his own did not receive him. They had a choice. They could accept him or reject him.
The choice is still there today. We can accept the Light of the World or reject him. Verse 12 tells us “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…born of God.”