Navigating the Darkness

Imagine trying to walk in total darkness. Trying to feel your way along, you could bump into something, trip, fall or go in the wrong direction. Normal people would want some means of lighting up the thick darkness. For most people, when it comes to spiritual darkness, they just creep, or stumble, along. They grope through the darkness of life, unable to make sense of their surroundings. Mankind, since Adam, enters life in this total darkness, walks through life in this darkness and ends up in darkness forever! It is to such that Jesus spoke in John 8:12: “….I am the Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.” He alone can shed light upon our spiritual darkness. He can enable us to understand where we came from, why we are here and where we are going. He has the only Light that disperses our darkness, enabling us to make sense of life and move in the right direction. In Psalm 119:105, the Psalmist had found the Light. He said, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” In Verse 130, he adds: “The entrance of Thy Words giveth Light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” When the Bible speaks to our hearts and we respond and receive Christ as our personal Savior and Lord, Light enters our darkness and as we walk in the Light, we can safely navigate the darkness. The longer we walk in the Light, the greater is the Light. Proverbs 4:18 speaks about this: “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” We reflect (we can offer) the Light when we walk in it. Some, stumbling along in the darkness of life, will find themselves drawn to the Light of the World and can escape from spiritual darkness. This was what Philip P. Bliss had in mind in the hymn, “The Light of the World Is Jesus.” He penned these words: “No darkness have we who in Jesus abide — the Light of the world is Jesus; we walk in the Light when we follow our Guide — the Light of the world is Jesus. Come to the Light, ’tis shining for thee! Sweetly the Light has dawned upon me; once I was blind, but now I can see — the Light of the world  is Jesus.” Selah! ” But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (II Corinthians 4:3-4).      Ron

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