And Jesus spoke to them saying, “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
Darkness is not a friend. It is a confuser, a taunter, and a havoc-maker. Darkness is fifty shades of doubt.
The testimony of the scriptures is that darkness blocks the path of man’s journey to find God. There is Abraham alone in the night contemplating purpose and direction. There is Joseph in a blackened hole. There are the Israelites under the cloak of a sunless sky journeying to a land they do not know.
In the darkness of man’s searching there is fear, uncertainty, moments of despair and panic. There is frantic feeling in the dark for walls of reassurance.
“Let there be light” are the first words we hear God speak and his command echoes throughout history illuminating the darkness covering the face of every deep and desperate heart.
A promise is directed toward Abraham as his eyes are pointed to the stars of the sky.
Dreams become a thousand points of light for Joseph in Egypt.
A pillar of fire cuts the darkness of the wilderness to guide the Israelites to the land of their promise.
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness–on them a light has shined” (Isaiah 9:2).
Jesus is the light of the world. He sets the captives of darkness free.
Not because they hear of his light, but because their eyes see the path–The Way, The Truth, The Life–and they follow him. Like Abraham, and Joseph, and the Israelites did. They follow Jesus out of darkness into light. They follow free from the plague of darkness.
Jesus illuminates a way in every valley of darkness–sin, sickness, grief, troubled marriage, rebellious child, conflict, financial trouble. Wherever we find ourselves groping in the darkness to find walls to lean against. Jesus is there, pronouncing again, “Let there be light!” Fear no evil, for the Light of the World is with you. His rod and staff will comfort you as he leads you. He is the lighter of your next step.
Follow the light. Let Jesus illuminate your heart and be free. Free indeed.
This month I’m participating with The Nester in her 31 Day challenge to write every day on a topic of choice. I’m writing this month on how Jesus make us free. Because without him, we’re just a hot mess of a captive.