Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Power of Light over the Darkness

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.  –I John 1:5-7 

I have found over the years that we seem to have a hard time keeping flashlights on hand around the house.  About the time I purchase a couple of new flashlights, they somehow end up not working, lost, or that little bulb in the top gets broken.  I have a friend who loves to buy flashlights and he lives by a code that you cannot have too many around the house.  I have come to agree with that belief.  So, what has happened to all my flashlights over the years?  I think it goes back to having sons.  Boys, as a rule, are hard on furniture, appliances, and carpeting, and they can also put the most well-built flashlight to the test. 

When my boys were small I remember how they loved to play with flashlights.  They would sometimes take them outside and play some kind of flashlight tag or some other light-related game, and then there was simply having one in the bed with them.  There is indeed a security to having that light available at any moment to shine into the darkness.  That is what light does, right?  It shines into the darkness and drives it away.  When we have that light with us the soothing comfort it brings is wonderfully peaceful.

The Scripture reminds us that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all; not even a trace.  The light of Jesus Christ is meant to shine from our lives and let others know that we are His followers.  That light shines brightest when we love one another, reach out a helping hand, and live out the Christ-like attitudes that Jesus taught.  Not only does that blessed light pierce the darkness, but it also lights our way and gives comfort and respite to the troubled soul.  Light is more powerful than darkness, and light has the power to drive darkness away.  When a light is shined into a dark room, the darkness doesn’t overpower the light, but much the opposite; the light overcomes the darkness.  Such is the power of Jesus Christ is our lives.  He is able to drive from our lives the darkness of sin, sorrow, doubt, despair, and bitterness.  

Through faith in Christ we are empowered to walk forward in the light of the Lord each and every day.  In that walk is victory over that which would otherwise have defeated us.  Spiritual victory is waiting today for those who resolve to walk in the light of Christ.

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