Friday, April 29, 2016

"Hind-Sight-Faith" -- A Lesson From Ancient Israel


“Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I afflicted the Egyptians by what I did there, and I brought you out. 6 When I brought your people out of Egypt, you came to the sea, and the Egyptians pursued them with chariots and horsemen[a] as far as the Red Sea.[b] 7 But they cried to the LORD for help, and he put darkness between you and the Egyptians; he brought the sea over them and covered them. You saw with your own eyes what I did to the Egyptians. Then you lived in the wilderness for a long time." (Joshua 24:5-7)

I have to admit, I chuckled when I read this passage. I wasn’t laughing at anyone, well, yes; maybe I was a little bit. The Israelites crack me up. At the same time they frighten me—because I’M JUST LIKE THEM! Maybe you can relate?

In chapter 23 Joshua gives his farewell speech to Israel. In a nutshell he says, (paraphrased) “God is real, He is faithful. Look back at all of the countless ways He has been faithful to you. He always keeps His promises. Every time you follow Him you win, your life is good and blessed, peaceful and prosperous. And every time you fail to follow him you regret it and you reap the consequential fruit of your selfish choices. So when I’m dead and gone—remember these truths and trust the Lord.” 

Then, in chapter 24 Joshua throws this little gem in… “You saw with your own eyes what I (the Lord) did to the Egyptians. Then you lived in the wilderness for a long time.” 

Translation, You guys have spiritual amnesia! You can experience overwhelming displays of my power, love, grace and goodness to you and be all fired up about living for me one day, and then the next day, live like we never met! Remember what happened to your ancestors? They witness my power poured out against Egypt, as I broke Pharaoh and set them free! They walked across the Red Sea on dry ground while I held the pursuing Egyptian army back in a pillar of fire that stretched to the heavens—it was an awesome display! They saw the waters of the sea literally crush their enemies before their very eyes! Then when it came time to follow me into the land I had promised to give them, they said, (paraphrased) “Oh no, we’re afraid, what if we can’t defeat them?”  Like God had somehow become weak or unfaithful. The result, that entire, unbelieving generation didn’t get to enter the Promised Land. They got to wander around in the desert until all of them died. 

Friend that is such a powerful metaphor for us today! As painful as it is for me to confess this, I have been like the Israelites way too often.  I have wasted a lot of time wandering in deserts of worry, fear and frustration as a result! This is the slippery path of spiritual suicide. Heed this warning today. DON’T GO DOWN THIS PATH.

Learn this lesson: FAITH in many ways is hind-sight in reverse. 

When we look BACK—it’s easy to say, “God was ALWAYS with me, why did I fear?” Faith—inverts that perspective and projects it forward. It cultivates within us a voice that says, “God’s track record of faithfulness in my life is so good, so solid, so impeccable, I can, and I will trust him today with _________ (You fill in the blank).”

Take some time to reflect today. Rehearse in your mind all of the times God has been faithful to you—when you trusted Him, and by grace, even when you didn’t!  Then allow that track record of faithfulness to embolden your faith in Him today!

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Never forget where you came from.

“These are the commandments the LORD proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me. When you heard the voice out of the darkness, while the mountain was ablaze with fire, all the leaders of your tribes and your elders came to me.” (Deuteronomy 5:22-23)

The deliverance of Israel serves as an eternal metaphor of the deliverance New Covenant Believers experience. All of us have a story of God meeting us in the darkness and calling us out of it. Hopefully, that memory is unforgettably entrenched in your heart for it is a key to faithful living.

When we forget where we’ve come from, how God delivered us by his grace;  when our memory of how utterly broken, helpless, hopeless and poor in spirit we were at the moment we surrendered our heart to Christ and experienced the overwhelming warmth of his love and grace as he rescued us from the darkness, poured his love and life into our hearts by His Spirit (Rom. 5:5), and welcomed us into the kingdom of His Son (Col. 1:13)… If, or when we ever forget that, we are in danger of growing proud and self-sufficient in our own eyes.  This always leads to destruction.

The events of Exodus are Israel’s testimony. God came to them while they were slaves. He sent his deliverer (Moses) to lead them out of bondage and into a covenant relationship with Him--as his people, his children. He led them through the waters that forever set them apart from their past.

“I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters, about our ancestors in the wilderness long ago. All of them were guided by a cloud that moved ahead of them, and all of them walked through the sea on dry ground. 2 In the cloud and in the sea, all of them were baptized as followers of Moses.” (1 Cor. 10:1-2, NLT)

Once their deliverance was complete and their past taskmaster was forever crushed, God gave them His Word. He became a father to them—teaching them how to live as sons and daughters of God. He disciplined them when they needed it, and he poured out his grace, comfort and compassion upon then every time they turned to him.

The key to Israel’s relationship with God was remembering who He was, what He had done for them and who He had called them to be as His people. When they kept their eyes on that—they flourished. When they lost sight of that—they floundered.

This is precisely why Scripture repeats this message to Christ-followers again and again in the New Testament:

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Col. 3:2) 

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12:2) 

And many more! Friend, remember the darkness God has delivered you from. Fix your eyes on Jesus and follow Him with all of your heart today!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Remember And Be Refreshed

"Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.10 Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb,when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.” 11 You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness.” (Deuteronomy 4:9-11) 

Self-awareness, the ability to pause and be aware of the state of our soul, this is a uniquely human trait—reflecting the reality that we are created in the image of the God who is aware of all things. Sadly, the reality very often is that we don’t do this very well.  It is so easy for us to get caught up in walking by sight. We are pros at jam-packing every minute of our days with sights and sounds and activities, always moving forward at a hundred-miles-per-hour, to the point that we struggle to pause, and be still before the Lord and “know that He is God.” (Psalm 46:10) 

That’s essentially what Moses is warning the Israelites against in today’s passage. They were preparing to enter the Promised Land. A place where food and water would not need to be miraculously provided daily, a place where they could easily grow comfortable in their blessings, get all caught up in the sights, sounds and activities of their days and forget God. So Moses reminds them, “...be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart.”  Oh friend, take time to remember your valleys, your times of hardship and darkness and how the Lord was with you and carried you through those times. This is such a healthy thing to do.  MAKE time (on purpose) to pause and REMEMBER the mighty works of God in our lives and praise Him afresh! There’s a centering, a grounding, a renewing that takes place—deep in our souls when we take time to remember and know and praise God like this.

It is in moments like these that God makes good on his promise to restore our souls (Psalm 23). It's hard to restore a soul that won't slow down long enough to be cared for and loved on. Praise the Lord for the words of our Savior Jesus, who said, “...whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:14)  If Jesus lives within you, there is a spring of eternal soul-refreshment bubbling over within you all the time. Don’t let the busyness of this life distract you from that reality. Take time to pause, reflect, remember, be aware and know God.  Take a long slow drink from the fountain of life.  Let Him restore and refresh you regularly.

We weren’t designed for self-sufficiency. We are children who need our father, sheep who need our Shepherd, fearful people who need shelter. Praise the Lord our great God is all those things and so much more!

Take time to pause, remember, know, and praise Him today.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom


“The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.” (Exodus 20:21)

"...Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.” 

While God is pure light (1 John 1:5) that does not mean he is not in dark places. Nor does it mean that He does not use darkness for his sovereign purposes. The key to understanding this passage, as with all passages in Scripture, is its context. The first half of chapter 20 reports the account of God dictating the Ten Commandments to Moses. The verses just preceding this one read,

“When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, ‘Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.’ 20 Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.’” (Exodus 20:18-20) 

Darkness, dark times, valleys, pain, and fear—rarely, if ever do we consider any of these to be good things. But all of them can be very useful. Light makes its biggest impact in dark places. When you go to the movies, they always darken the room before starting the film. In times past this was purely for practical reasons. If the house lights were left on, the projected image couldn’t be easily seen on the screen. With today’s technology, we could easily show movies in a well-lit room, but we don’t. We still darken the room. Why? Well, yes, I suppose it does help the projected images on the screen to pop, but more importantly—the contrast between the darkness of the room and the brightness of the screen galvanizes our attention on the film.

Pain, fear, the valleys of life—all of these “get our attention.” As one person said, “We all love to be on the mountain top, but the fruit grows in the valley.” God uses the dark, painful, scary moments and seasons of life to re-galvanize our attention.

“…God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”

God is not the author of pain, but he can use it—as hurtful as it may be sometimes—to wake us up and bring us back to an attitude of dependence on Him. I have no desire to relive any of the painful moments of my past. But I wouldn’t exchange the lessons I learned during those painful times for all the money in the world! Romans 8:28 is absolutely true. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.” God purpose for all of us is that we might know Jesus as Savior and grow to full spiritual maturity in Him. And that kind of growth requires a few valleys.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4) 

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…” (Proverbs 9:10)

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Let God Fight For You!

“Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.” (Exodus 14:19-20) 

“The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them…” 

David said, “You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.” (Psalm 139:5)  When God’s people follow Him, nothing can defeat them. The Lord led Israel step by step out of their bondage in Egypt. And when the enemy pursued them and tried to overtake them, the Lord in whom they trusted withdrew to the rear and, No, you cannot touch these people, they are mine, hands off!

“…coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel."  

In 1 Samuel we read “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s…” (1 Samuel 17:47) Friend, whether it’s Egyptians pursuing you in chariots with spears, or the battles within your heart, “the battle is the LORD’s.” He WANTS you to let Him fight for you.  Through Peter God says to us, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7).  Moses wrote, “Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you." (Deuteronomy 3:22) And the Apostle Paul said, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) 

The key is submission to God. "Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)  Our only real battle is against our own flesh. “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other…” (Galatians 5:17) The flesh wants to take matters into its own hands and fight! But there is no peace or victory in that. When we surrender to God and to His Spirit--all other battles are His.  He will fight for us and lead us to genuine victory and peace.

“…the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side so neither went near the other…” 

Oh how the enemy loves “gray.” He loves to blur the lines between light and darkness, right and wrong. But God is a god of clear lines and clear choices. He is not vague in His commands. In his second letter to the Christians living in Corinth, Paul wrote, “what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)  Light is undesirable to the godless. Jesus said, “Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19) But Christ-followers, who have humbly allowed the light to expose them, have confessed their sin and received grace.  Grace brings us into the light, "...he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves..." (Colossians 1:13)  David wrote, “The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1) Like Joshua, all of Gods people are called to say, “…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." (Joshua 24:15) The choice could not be clearer, “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.” (1 John 1:6-7) 

Walk in the light today my friend. Submit to the Lord and lay all of your battles in the hands of the God who said, “Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you." (Deuteronomy 3:22)

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Friday, April 22, 2016

The Beautiful Discrimination of God

"Then the LORD said to Moses, 'Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.' So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. 23 No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived." (Exodus 10:21-23) 

“…darkness spreads…” 

Darkness isn’t something, it’s the absense of something. You don’t produce darkness. The only way to make a place dark is to blot out the light, or for the light to go away.  As I read these words I am made aware of how present God is in this world—even among the godless. Jesus taught us in the Sermon on the Mount that “He (God) causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good…” I find two words so fascinating in this statement, “his” and “evil”. God created light (Gen. 1:3). He is light (1 John 1:5). Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12). In Heaven we will need no sun because God’s presence alone will be our light (Rev. 21:23). Darkness spreads only when God is blotted out, or when he withdraws. The Egyptians, though they did not know God, enjoyed the blessings of his light (Mat. 5:45). And when the light withdrew it was a horrible and terrifying experience.

“…darkness that can be felt… total darkness covered all Egypt for three days." 

I’ve only experienced total darkness in brief moments, like hiding in a dark room as a child while playing hide-and-go-seek. Even though it was a little creepy, it wasn’t truly scary because I knew the light switch was on the wall right beside the door. If we're in control, or at least think we are, darkness is tolerable. But when you find yourself in total darkness and you have no way to turn on the light—those kinds of experiences melt hearts.

“No one could see anyone else or move about…” 

Without light we can’t function.

“Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.” 

God does not have favorites (Rom. 2:11), but he most certainly does discriminate between light and darkness.  He separates those who are sheep from those who are goats (Mat. 25:32). I am encouraged by this statement. Christ followers need never fear his wrath (Rom. 8:1, Eph. 2:3-5, Rev. 7:3). This doesn’t mean life will be easier for Christ followers. Truly, this world is a broken place, filled with frustrations and trials, and while God’s wrath is not set against us, the wrath of the dark one and of unbelievers is palpable. Indeed, it is this wrath that is the root source of our tribulation (2 Tim. 3:12, Rev. 7:14). But friend, stand firm on this precious promise, “For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6)  That light will go with you, to guide, encourage and empower you unto faithfulness wherever you go (Josh. 1:9).  Stand firm in His light today!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Fiery Light of God's Reassurance in Dark Times


"As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him… When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces." Genesis 15:12 & 17)

Honestly, there are many things about this passage that I don’t quite understand. Perhaps in a future study I will discover insights that will open my eyes and help me grasp the significance in the details described in these verses. But I totally get the BIG PICTURE. Abraham has heard God’s call to leave his old life behind (literally) and he has surrendered and followed God into unfamiliar territory. God has promised him that He will be with him, bless him and use him in mighty ways. The Bible says that “Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” (Gen. 15:7)  

But life in this broken and DARK world is hard and struggles and trials have a way of wearing on us. It’s not that Abraham didn’t believe God or desire to follow him, there were just a lot of things he couldn’t see or understand and he needed reassurance from God. I can relate with that.

And God graciously understood that need. He came to Abraham in the midst of his darkness—as a fiery light, a flame that must have burned bright in contrast to the the darkness, and He made Himself known to Abraham in a way that provided the reassurance he needed.  I can relate with Abraham’s need for reassurance in dark times and I am thankful for the way God has reassured me of His promises, power and presence in my life many times.

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” (Isa. 9:2) 

This is a prophecy about Jesus. Abraham is called the “Father of Our Faith” for a reason. In many ways, His journey of leaving the old and familiar behind to follow God into an amazing, but sometimes scary adventure of faith is OUR JOURNEY. All Christ followers have said “Good-bye” to their old lives and set their hearts on following God to a place He will show us. (Gen. 12:1) All of us face dark, uncertain days. And praise the Lord, God has been gracious to all of us. He has sent His Son, the Light of life, the Light of the World to be our Savior.  He has given us the bright, fiery light of His Word as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Ps. 119:105) and He poured His Spirit into our hearts (Rom. 5:5) to encourage and strengthen us day by day.  Thank you Jesus!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

We're created to SHINE in the darkness

"And God said, 'Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness.' And God saw that it was good."

"And God said, 'Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years..."

Without light we have no bearings. no structure; we don't know where we are, where we've come from or where we're going?  If there's no Sun, how do we calculate time?  If the moon doesn't orbit the earth and cycle through its phases, our concept of months and seasons would come unhinged.  Light produces order, clarity and a sense of bearing for life.

"God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night..."

I'm really drawn to this word "govern."  God create light "to govern" things.  The Hebrew word here is mash-al, which means "to have dominion, or to rule or reign over."  Light literally makes life possible.  Without the Sun, moon and stars we have no warmth, light, sense of time or direction.  Quite literally we are left out in the cold darkness, blind, and lost.

Some thoughts to ponder in light of (pun fully intended) our insights above:

Jesus is the LIGHT of the world. (John 8:12).  Jesus said his followers are also the LIGHT of the world. (Matthew 5:14)  Without Christ's presence--which today is experienced through His people (who are filled with His Spirit), there is no spiritual light in this world.  Without that spiritual light, there is no order, direction, sense of bearings or direction in life.

Paul wrote in Philippians 2:14-15 "Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, 'children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.' THEN YOU WILL SHINE AMONG THEM LIKE STARS IN THE SKY."


No wonder Jesus told us not to hide our light!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

And God said, "Let there be light..." Genesis 1:3

“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.”  (Genesis 1:2-4)

“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep…”

Have you ever noticed that in the dark, everything is kind of formless? We can’t really see the definition of a thing in the dark.  A thing might be beautiful. It might possess amazing qualities, but all of that is lost in the darkness.

It’s only when a thing, or a person, is brought into the light that who, or what they really are can be seen.

“And God said, “Let there be light…” 

I think it’s significant that after the Bible makes the general declaration that God created the cosmos, His first distinct act is the creation of light.  John, in his first epistle, tells us that “God is light and in him there is no darkness at all” (John 1:5). So, it follows that light would beget light. All creations tend to reflect the nature of their creator in some way. Perhaps this is what David was getting at when he wrote,

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
                     the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1)

In God there is light to see… light to navigate… to learn, understand and appreciate beauty. It’s hard to do any of that in the dark.

“God saw that the light was good…” 

And light has been a metaphor for “goodness” ever since. When we think of light we are encouraged. Darkness bums us out. Light is a source of life. It can be harness and used to do all kinds of amazing things. It really is good.

“…and he separated the light from the darkness.” 

And life has been filled with choices between light and darkness ever since.  In the dark, things are empty, shapeless and void. But in the light, things come alive and we can see their purpose, design and beauty.

I’m glad God called me out of darkness and into his wonderful light!

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,” (Colossians 1:13)

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Monday, April 18, 2016

What did Jesus mean by, "You are the light of the world"?

In the Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5-7) Jesus said, "You are the light of the world.” What does that mean, really? What did Jesus want us to get from this statement? How am I l light and why is that important?

I want to understand this.

I have a hunch that this little seven word statement might just be a massive key to understanding what it means to live as an ambassador of Christ in this world.

I have no idea how many posts this journey will produce. I’m just going to take it one day at a time and I invite you to take the journey with me.

Some initial thoughts: 
Light encourages—I remember when I was a kid, and honestly even today, darkness can sometimes be a little scary. If you want to create a spooky environment, the first thing you do is make it dark! Light pushes all that fear away. When we’re in a dark place the only thought on our mind is, “Where’s the light?” And if we find light in a dark place we're drawn toward it. There’s something hard-wired into us that says, “Light is good, darkness is bad.” 

Light illuminates—Without light we struggle to navigate. Even when we’re in a perfectly wide open and safe place, if there is no light, we’re inhibited and unsure of ourselves. But if someone turns on even just one small light, boom, all of a sudden our concerns are gone and we can walk across that room with total confidence!

Light is vibrant—Light is always moving. It’s never static. If you turn on a light in a dark place it spreads out and dispels darkness.  By the way, it's not difficult for light to dispell darkness, it's just a reality.  When light shows up--darkness must leave, period.  You'll never turn on a lamp in a dark room and hear the darkness say, "Nope, ain't gonna leave."  It just vanishes.

Light is warm—Anything that produces light, also produces warmth. Warmth breeds and encourages life. Things that have been dead or inactive all winter come alive in the Spring when the sun begins to shine!

Light IS—Darkness is nothingness. You can’t create darkness. The only way you get darkness is by shutting out the light. Light is the exact opposite. Light is something. Scientists speak of light particles and waves. Light can be created. My house if filled with devices that create it—my tv, my phone, my desk lamp that’s lighting up my keyboard so I can see to write this post, my computer monitor and on and on. Our lives are filled with light, by design, because we need it.

Light has power—every green plant depends on light. We all learned about photosynthesis in school. If we concentrate light into a tight beam called a laser, we can do amazing things with it, like brain surgery. The light of the sun can be harnessed and turned into electricity, and on and on. Light inherently possesses transformative energy and power.

I know that little list just barely scratches the surface of all that light is and does, but that’s enough to make me sit back and think, “Wow, when Jesus called us the light of the world he was saying a lot about our nature and role in this world wasn’t he?”

Until next time...
Blessings,
Brad

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