Light in the Darkness
There's something powerful about a light in the darkness. If we have a choice between going down a dark path, or a well lite one, most often we will choose the well lite path. Darkness often means the unknown, possible dangers, and getting lost.
In our passage this week, Jesus speaks about being our light, our guidance in life. He wants to show us the way to go and which paths to take. He intends to illuminate the steps directly before but doesn't guarantee we can see to the end of the trail.
We must treat God's guidance in our life like a flashlight. It points us in the direction we need to know and shows us the next thing to do, but only gives us a small picture of it. Sometimes, God doesn't have us moving anywhere, and sometimes he has us running, but he is showing us where he wants us to go in our lives.
Of course, this is a metaphor for our spiritual lives here on earth and also our eternal life after death. Jesus doesn't actually walk around shining lights in certain directions, but he does guide us through Scripture and the Holy Spirit so that we aren't left in the darkness on our own.
Fuquay closes chapter three by saying that when we allow Jesus' truth to search us like the afternoon sun, we are drawn closer to him. Today, allow Jesus to illuminate your life, drive out the darkness, and guide your path so that you can be drawn closer to him.
Questions to Ponder:
- We sometimes hear people use the expression, “he (or she) is in a dark place.” What do people typically mean? §
- How have you experienced Jesus as a source of light in a time of darkness?§
- Unlike the Hebrews in the wilderness, we don’t have clouds and every pillars to remind us of God’s presence. So how can we know that God is with us?†
- How does God’s guidance come to you? How has your understanding of this process changed over time? †
- What does it mean for us to be a light for the world?§
§The God We Can Know, by Rob Fuquay. Chapter 3, Reflection/Discussion Questions.
†The God We Can Know, Adult Group Guide, by Rob Fuquay. Week 3, Video/Book Discussion.