Light Brings Clarity
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
1 John 1:7
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[a] sin.
28 You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
8 Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise.
Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.
A few days ago my husband and I were visiting our daughter. She had asked her dad to come by and help her with a few handyman things that she needed to have done. So I decided to ride with him.
I figured after they finished working we could all visit or watch a movie or something. I grabbed my iPad and some paperwork that I needed to work on as I was walking out of the door. When we got there I decided to park at her dining room table to set up a little mini workstation for myself. It was perfect!
I remember commenting to my husband just how comfortable her dining room chairs were. I could sit there and work for hours.
I was in my happy spot. I was doing my thing with no interruptions and they were doing what they needed to do. At one point after I had been sitting there working for quite some time, my daughter walked in and flipped on the light switch to the light fixture hanging over her dining room table.
It was an eye-opener for me because when we arrived it must have been some time after 4:00 PM. It was still very light outside. However, after sitting there for quite some time working it had started to get dark outside. I was so busy working that it never dawned on me that I could be seeing much better or that it was time for more lighting. When she flipped on the light switch I could not believe how much difference it made, and it was because I had not realized that it was darker than I thought. I also think that it was because it was not pitch black outside. Because of the time of day that it was, it had been such a gradual process that it was not noticeable until light was shed on it.
I immediately thought of how many people are living in darkness, and they are not aware of how different their lives could actually be. Many don’t even know that they are living in darkness. When we surrender our lives to God and His plan for our lives, the light switch comes on immediately, because He is our Light.
The same thing happened in our lives that happened to me at my daughter’s dining room table. We start to see things clearer. We get clarity. God sheds His light on areas that we need to clean up and on habits, and people that we need to drop who have possibly been a bad influence in our lives.
His light then starts to give us direction and guidance. So much happens when we make this change that would have never been revealed if we chose to keep living and working in darkness. My recommendation to you today is to run to the Light and not to darkness.
If you are already living a life in the light, my recommendation to you is to try and bring as many to the Light as possible. Help them to see what they are missing and how different their lives could be if they chose to live in the light. I also recommend that you share your story of how God’s redeeming love brought you from darkness to light.
Remember when you choose the Light you choose life, eternal life. It will not get any better than that, so let’s help others do the same.