My grandsons were pretty excited to help their Daddy put this herb garden together! They started with pots of rosemary, cilantro and basil and have since added several more. When “helping” their Mommy make dinner, they are much more likely to eat that strange dish when they have picked the herbs for it. But to begin with, the herbs did not do so well in the living room. They did not have much light there. It was not until they were placed in brighter room full of light that there was growth.
Today’s verse describes God’s commandments as light to the eyes. His precepts are radiant with light and can even make us joyful when obeyed. He has made His light to shine in the heart of the believer. That light comes from the glory displayed in the face of Christ! (II Cor. 4:6) Following His commands and precepts places us in the light of His presence. Being there produces the “fruit of the light;” goodness, righteousness and truth (Eph. 5:9).
I can tell when I am trying to produce these fruits on my own. The goodness starts to wilt. Righteousness and truth are looking a bit peaked. Without His light I am not so robust but a bit tired. Everything is an effort and it all seems too much. Whether the image is light or being connected to the vine, without Him I can do nothing. But in His light I can grow and thrive. When I feel discouraged and lacking motivation, I just need to get back into the light of His presence!
Shine on me today, Lord. Help me stay in Your light.