John 8:12-30 – Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel is a very intentional, purposeful and strategic Person. He never does anything just whimsically or randomly. Every activity of His is very intentional and designed with a purpose that sometimes transcends the understanding of men.
That is why Moses wrote in the of book of Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
God in His grace and mercy sometimes unravels, reveals and open to us some of His mysteries. His intention in doing this is for us to learn and understand His ways and walk with Him more closely and intentionally. Psalm 103:7 makes us realise that God made Moses to know His ways. The models, patterns and systems He operates, but the children of Israel only knew His acts.
7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
Don’t misunderstand me here. I would love to experience more of God’s acts any day, because His acts are awesome, incredible and mind blowing but the deeper place to go with God is to know His ways. This means you can really be used by God to do what He wants to do, because you have some understanding of why He does what He does.
So why LIGHT?
The first thing God did in creation was release light. Is this a mere coincidence or a random action? No. God is a God of order and in declaring let there be Light, He was establishing a pattern, a model, a system, a WAY that will always be for all eternity.
Let there be Light is resounding and reverberating through all history and eternity.
Light is sight. Light is vision. Light is clarity. Light is knowledge. Light is understanding. Light is insight. Light is wisdom.
If you were asked to go in and arrange the furniture and tidy up a dirty room and when you got to the room it was pitch black. What would be your first step? The answer is obvious. You allow the light in. But let’s go deeper. Now that you have turned on the light, you discover that all the furniture is all jumbled up and the room is in quite a mess. What would you do next? You would start arranging the furniture, right? Again obvious, but as you start to arrange the furniture, you stumble on a dusty picture and you dust it off and look at it. Alas, it is a picture of the room in its glory days. All the furniture pieces are in the right place in this picture, up to the minutest details. What would you do? Would you not find it easier to now tidy up the room and set everything in order perfectly?
Well, this is precisely why we need light. In the systemic order of God, LIGHT comes first. Darkness must be removed before we can start the process of building. That is why, God is Light and His Son is Light and we believers are the Light of the world.
A person’s life can only be fully restored and fully lived in the Light of HIS LIGHT. So, without Jesus in our lives, we live aimless, fruitless and futile lives. Without Jesus we really have no life. He is our Life and our LIGHT.
In solving riddles, conundrums, enigmas, problems we need accurate diagnosis. This is LIGHT. We need a course of actions or a plan. This is LIGHT. We need clarity about the solution or the prognosis, a vision of the future state. This is also LIGHT.
Light is first in order of systematic solutions to any problem. Get light and you are half way there. How I wish the rulers of this world will learn to allow God’s light to shine into the befuddling situations that confront them. How easily they would solve these great problems. God knows everything and He will help those who ask Him.
Are you tired of the darkness? Let Jesus in!
Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.
Wisdom is light. So, LET there be LIGHT!
Let’s Pray: Father of heavenly lights in who there is no variableness shine your light into our hearts today and granting us wisdom and insight into the conundrums of our lives. Teach us to let your light shine into our darkness and then help us to see what you want us to see, so we can be who you want us to be. This we ask in Jesus name. Amen.