Do You Like the Dark?

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    Do You Like The Dark?

    Light is a comforting thing. We all know what it is like to clumsily wander to the deer stand in the morning before daylight only to hear a twig crack a few yards away. I can remember laying in bed at night trying to go to sleep and I was afraid just because there was no light. Or Try driving down the road at highway speeds at night, and just flip the headlights off for a few seconds. The truth is, we don't like the dark. We don't like the uncertainty of not being able to see the dangers around us. A cold and dark situation can quickly become a wonderful and peaceful situation just by the presence of light. We have also all seen the sun rise over the horizon after stumbling to our stand in the dark. We have been mesmerized by the beauty, warmth, and comfort of the rising sun.

    Light is a great thing. It is wonderful because it reveal truth. Yet even though light is available, we can still choose to walk around in darkness. We can close our eyes, put a blindfold over our eyes, or simply refuse to turn the light on and fail to have the benefits of the available light. Spiritual light is available to us from Christ. John 8:12 Jesus said, "I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." Jesus shines the light of truth in a dark and gloomy spiritual world in which we live. We can know the truth. We can follow the truth. We can walk in the light if we choose to follow Jesus. Yet if we fail to follow Him, we choose to walk in darkness even though truth is available.

    Light can also be a troubling thing. Most everyone knows the feeling of driving down the road and seeing the small engine shaped light on the dash flash on. Our mind starts racing: "is there really something wrong?", "Am I going to make it home?", "should I take my car to the shop?". I have never really been on a boat much at night, but I can only imagine how troubling it would be to see the light of a lighthouse suddenly flash across the water not too far ahead. These lights are troubling because they are warning us and telling us that we need to change. It is sometimes difficult to hear that we are wrong and need to change, yet that doesn't change the fact that the light reveals truth, and that is always good. Christ brought truth to us and we can know truth through His word. There are many times throughout His word that He warns us concerning spiritual dangers we will face. His warnings can be difficult and something that we don't like, but His warnings are there for our own good.

    Matthew 5:14 says, "Ye are the light of the world."
    Matthew 5:16 says, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven."

    Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world. He has been our light to lead us to truth, yet we are to be a light to others. We are to show them the way, reveal the path, lead them to Jesus. We are to warn them of dangers, help them to change, and lead them to salvation in Christ. We are to be the light that reveals truth to the world.

    Do You Like The Dark?