Jesus says,”I am the Light of the world. He who follows me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.” John 8:12 AMPC
We live in a dark world, full of sin. One only has to turn on the news or pick up a newspaper to see the awful things that are taking place. If the news stations, and newspaper were are only source of information, life would be incredibly hopeless. But we have the Word of God, the very Truth given to us to lead us in hope. Beyond the horrid happenings that we find in the paper or on the internet, we each have our own personal darknesses to live through. We may be grieving losses, going through divorce, living with depression, overcome with sickness, or so many others. Thankfully, we have many promises of God in His Word which we can count on because God has proved Himself to us. He is reliable. He does what He says He will do. He is present with us through it all.
The Gospel of John tells us that Jesus was there in the beginning, that He was the Word and He was with God. John goes on to say that in Jesus was life, and the Life was the Light of men. (John 1:1,4)
John 1:5 AMPC says, “And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].”
Jesus came to this dark, evil world to shine, to light the way for us. We have His Word to hold in our hands and in our hearts, to help us through this life.
Psalm 119:105 AMPC says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
God’s Word leads us and shows us the way. It shows us Who He is, His attributes and character. It shows us His constancy, His presence. His word fills our emptiness and neediness like nothing else can. He is the light in the darkness.
Psalm 119:30 AMPC says, “The entrance and unfolding of your word gives light. Their unfolding give understanding [discernment and comprehension] to the simple.”
The entrance is like the unfolding of a door (Jamiesson Faucett Brown Bible Commentary). You are sitting in a dark room, shades pulled, and then someone opens the door from the outside, and the bright sunshine floods the room with light. New understanding comes, you can see things more clearly with light. This discernment is given to the simple, which is speaking of those open to persuasion (Barnes Notes).
Is your heart open to His words flooding your mind with light, helping you understand things from His point of view?
Is the light of Jesus shining in your life in the midst of the darkness helping you find the way?
We are called to shine that light as Christians into the world and help others to find Him, to find hope.
Seek the Light for the darkness of today, and shine the Light of hope into someone elses darkness.