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Christ Is The True Light!

2 Samuel 22:29

You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

Ray 2019It is getting dark – earlier and earlier it seems. I feel like it is 9 pm at 5 pm – and I hope that isn’t just age. It must be somewhat age related because I want to go to bed earlier and earlier too (although I still stay up late from time-to-time). At times it is hard to fall asleep. My wife has candles in the front windows – and we shut the blinds so the candles shining into the darkness of the bedroom at night won’t keep us awake. But – the glow keeps me awake at times.

I was watching TV the other day – and I almost purchased some outside flood lights that were being advertised. They are self-contained. They have cells that charge the battery. They are stronger than most other lights. They have a motion sensor. I would love to have a couple. I’m a sucker at times for infomercials. I mean – darkness can be like day with these.

Speaking of infomercials – have you seen the tactical light advertised? It has a broader than normal beam. It can be run over by a Humvee and still work. It can be frozen in a block of ice and still shine. I purchased two – one for me and one for the wife. You never know when you might need light in the darkness of the night.

Have you seen the one with the lanterns that can take a beating and keep shining? I have two! They have a magnet on them – so when you are working on your car – you can connect it to your car and have light in the darkness of the night. They are pretty amazing.

Each of these examples talk about shining light in the darkness. Today’s Scripture talks about the Lord turning Samuel’s darkness into light. This coming Sunday – we will be using a good portion of the 1st Chapter of John’s gospel. In that reading – we find this portion of Scripture. John 1:5–10 – 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.

Here’s the Samuel passage in partial context. 2 Samuel 22:26–30 – 26 “To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless, 27 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd. 28 You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low. 29 You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light. 30 With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.

Do we – at times – feel like we are walking in the darkness? Are there times we feel like we need a little light shining around us? Do we get depressed because it all seems dark around us? Do we struggle with seeing the positives in our lives?

Since Jesus is the Word – the Logos (see this upcoming Sunday’s sermon) – the more we dig into the Word of God – the deeper in Christ we will be – and the clearer our life’s path will be. Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

We also know that in order to understand God’s will for us – we need to be less tied to the world and more tied to Jesus. Romans 12:1–2 – 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

During this Advent season – let us dig deeper into the presence of God and thus – allow the light of Christ to shine in our lives of darkness and bring us into the light. Christ is the true light! He can shine in the darkness – and the darkness cannot put Him out!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

December 12, 2019 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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