We all can agree that the world is dark. That’s not news but we certainly see it on the news every day. Yesterday we looked at Jesus’ statement about being our daily bread and what that means, today we are looking into what it means when Jesus says, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).
Yesterday we looked back at the Israelites and how God provided them with Manna every day. Today, let us look at Exodus 13:21-22, “By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light so that they could travel by day and night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.”
Jesus is this pillar of fire for us, leading the way. He is our direction!
Have you ever been somewhere so dark you cannot even see your hand in front of you? Where all of your other senses have to heighten just to try and get around? I know I have, and every time I am in a situation like this, I am reminded of how wonderful it is to have light.
Growing up, I often wanted to know the next step in life to take. I wanted to know the entire staircase – not just the next step. But as I have gotten older, I realize the beauty of only having one step to take. Jesus is our guide! “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” as Psalm 119:105 reminds us. Jesus is the light for our path and He is the light within us to share His love with a broken and dying world.
We need His light to see the next step but we also need to share His light with others.
But how can we expect to do that if we are not quite literally plugged into Him as our source? We can’t. For vegetation to grow it needs light. We need light to stay on the path. We also need light because there is a great darkness around us. In John 8:12, our focus verse for today, we also see the word darkness which the Greek word for is skotia. This word is associated with wickedness, and misery in hell.
In Genesis 1:4, “God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.” and in John 1:5, “The Light (referring to Jesus) shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Jesus is the light we need but Jesus is also the light the world needs. The good news is, we get to take this light and share it with others in the darkness. Where does light shine best? In utter darkness so take heart! Things may seem darker than they have in your life, or in the lives of others but Jesus has not changed. He is still the light.
I cannot close today’s devotional without adding this final statement: He is the light but we have to allow His light into our lives. If you were in a dark room and trying to find your way around, stumbling on all sorts of things and then a light came on – small but present. Would you go toward it and pick it up to take with you or leave it be and keep stumbling around? I’d hope you would go grab the light and keep it with you.
This is our relationship with Jesus. His light is there but we have to go pick it up (like reading this devotional and opening His Word) and take it with us.