When the Light Shows Up (John 1:5) 3/25/2014

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When the Light Shows Up (John 1:5)

by BJ

Read: Genesis 11:1-14:24, 1 Chronicles 11:24-27

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
(John 1:5)

Relate: Good vs Evil. Light vs Darkness. God vs Satan. They two equal and opposite sides forever locked in an eternal struggle for dominance that neither side will ever win. Although it might sometimes seem to tip one way or another, balance ultimately reigns supreme. Some say our responsibility is to determine which side we are on and then make life meaningful by fighting for it. Others say that our internal struggle is simply a mirroring of this cosmic battle. Still others say that the best thing we can do is try to maintain the balance of good and evil in our own life. Too much of either is unhealthy. What do I say? I say that this entire paragraph in one huge steaming pile of male bovine feces.

Good vs Evil? On a cosmic scale, evil is nothing more than a temporary anomaly. It might seem pervasive now, but in view of eternity it is nothing more than a random blip on the radar. God vs Satan? It is a temporary and doomed rebellion. It has as much success as a ten year old spitting in his mother’s face. Not only is he being immediately punished but, soon Daddy’s coming home and that kid will feel the full measure of His wrath. Light vs Dark? It is completely one sided. When have you ever opened a door and darkness flooded into the room from the outside? How about the reverse? Wherever there is light darkness must flee. It must. What is true in physics is also true in metaphysics. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it.

React: So the questions that remain are: 1) How much light am I letting into my life? 2) How much light am I carrying into my world? If there seems to be a war between good and evil in my life, all I need to do is open up the door of my heart. How much of God’s light am I letting in? How many dark rooms have I kept locked and not surrendered over to Him? What about my world? How brightly am I reflecting God’s light in my sphere of influence? How clearly am I letting the light in me shine outward? Ultimately, I cannot change the dark decisions made by others but I can point them to Jesus. There God, the Light, shows up darkness will flee. It must. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it.

Respond: 

God, You are victorious. I know this and I know that I know it but sometimes my heart forgets. Sometimes when I get too caught up in the moments of this life it seems like the darkness, like evil, has so much more power than it does. Sometimes when I have failed again, it seems like sin has a so much stronger pull than it should. In those moments, at those times, I ask that You show up. I ask that You shine ever brighter. Shine brightly in my life that You might shine through my life. 

About BJ

The River Walk, (tworiversblog.com) is a devotional/informational outreach for Two Rivers, a new church that launched in the Binghamton area February, 2013.

 

 

 

About Godsmanforever

I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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