Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
(John 12:46 (NIV))
When you are trapped in the dark, it is impossible to find your way. You can’t tell which way to turn. You can’t locate a way out. Any step that you take will probably end up with you stumbling and falling. Too many attempts on your own will end up with you being hurt and possibly seriously endangering others. The only way that you can find a way out of this darkness is if someone from outside of the darkness is able to shine a light into the darkness so that you can see the exit.
Does this sound familiar?
Sin has each of us trapped in the darkness and far too many of us don’t ever realize it. Every effort that we make to find our way just seems to get us in deeper and deeper. When left to our own attempts, we can never figure out which way to turn. We simply can’t locate a way out of our sin. The more that we try to deal with the darkness of this sinful world, the more that we hurt ourselves and others.
What if someone would shine a light in the darkness of this world so that we could find a way into the light?
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.”
(John 8:12 (NIV))
Jesus stepped out of heaven and into the darkness of this world to show us the light. He has shown us a way to escape the darkness of sin and death. He has provided a light for us to follow so that we can escape the darkness and live eternally in the light!
But, . . .
It doesn’t stop there.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
(Matthew 5:14 (NIV))
We are to share the light so that others may find their way out of the darkness.
If you were in a burning building and many lives were at stake, wouldn’t you lead others to safety once someone had shown you the way?
Are you following the light? Are you leading others to the light, or are you still in darkness?