Wednesday Word 9.26.2018

John 1:5-7 New International Version

5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 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.

This is another one of those things that really gives you pause. This darkness business. We never like to admit it, not even to ourselves, but there is plenty of darkness in us every one. It all goes back to that cursed apple in the Garden of Eden! It is how we deal with the darkness that comes along with being a human being that makes the difference.

Human beings have the capacity for very bad things. We see it every day, all around us. We see it in the news. We shake it our heads and wonder how in the world people could do such things. It is known only to Heaven. We are far less observant when it comes to our own behavior. Every time we judge others, every time we take delight at someone’s comeuppance, every time we think we are unequivocally right, that is when we let a little darkness creep into our own hearts. Sneak a little extra? No one will know! Pad the receipt a little? Well, all that time and trouble! Taxes? Don’t get me started! It is in our daily interactions with strangers, on the road and in the marketplace. I see it all the time:  entitlement, self-righteousness, chauvinism (of any variety). I am most appalled if I see it in myself. There are other kinds of darkness. I’ve never counted, but it is often quoted that the Bible tells us to “fear not” in some form or other 365 times. Fear is one of the most insidious, pervasive forms of darkness that can eat away at everything that you are. Fear for a loved one’s safety or success. Fear of disease or financial crisis. Fear of the unknown. Can you honestly say that fear never darkens your mind?

God is light. Jesus brought that light to us so that we may grow and abide in its glorious warmth. Our job is to dispel darkness, in whatever form it may take. The more we walk with the Lord, though his Word and by his grace, the more we will yearn to be in that light. I don’t want to waste my life in a lie. I want to live in God’s light. How about you?…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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