Light; January 19, 2019

Revelation 21:23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

The Bible is full of references that connect God to light, in both the Old and New Testaments. Of course, God started Creation with light. (Genesis 1:3) John speaks of Jesus as light, (John 1:4-5) probably because he had heard Jesus speak that way about Himself. (John 3:19) James speaks of it slightly more obliquely, (James 1:17) but in John’s first letter he says definitively, “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 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 sin.” (1 John 1:5-7) Of course, Isaiah spoke one of the most famous prophecies of the Messiah. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:2) When you come to Jesus, there’s no escaping the light! That’s bad news for those with something to hide, as Jesus pointed out. (John 3:19-21) Coming back to this verse in Revelation, the point is not a matter of physics, but rather that God illuminates far better than anything physical ever could. It follows that human attempts to hide are totally futile. One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is the Word of Knowledge. (1 Corinthians 12:8) That operates by the Holy Spirit illuminating something we couldn’t see otherwise. We have had people leave this church because they were afraid they were going to be found out! The point is, we are to live lives with nothing to hide, and we aren’t to be afraid of the dark, literally or figuratively, because our God is light.

I am to rejoice in the light myself, and I am to be a conduit of the light to those around me. (Matthew 5:14) I am to be careful, when the Lord illuminates things to me that people want hidden, that I speak the truth in love, and only as He directs. I’m not to take pride, much less feel superior, that God has shown me things about people and situations, but I am to ask for His wisdom and guidance as to what He wants me to do with that information. Occasionally He shows me things I’d just as soon not know! However, I am to keep growing toward the light, just as a house plant will do. Recent studies have shown how essential sunlight is to our physical health, and God’s light is even more essential to my spiritual health!

Father, thank You that I grew up in a very well-lit family, spiritually speaking. Thank You for repeatedly shining Your light into areas that I wanted to keep dark. Thank You for Your incredible grace and mercy toward me. May I be an open channel of that grace and mercy toward all, so that nothing will hinder Your light. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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