The black out curtains in my bedroom do a pretty good job of blocking out the morning light. After living in France for so many years, I have been accustomed to shutters that keep the room entirely dark. Now, I am much too sensitive to the morning light. Even with black out curtains, there is always that chink of light that manages to get through and wake me.
Today’s verse describes Jesus as life. And the life in Him is as a beacon of light illuminating this very dark world. But no matter how dark and sinful the world is, that darkness will never overcome the light. Even a tiny pinprick will dispel darkness. Despite man’s best efforts to block it out, there will always be a chink of light shining through. In that darkness we remain asleep until that moment Christ shines on us (Eph. 5:14). And from that time on we are called “children of light” (verse 8). That is because Christ made His light shine in our hearts, giving us the light of knowing Him! (II Cor. 4:6).
Every time I turn on the news I am reminded that I live in a dark world. I can get quite depressed thinking about all the evil and injustice. But these verses give me hope. It will never be completely black around me. He illumines my world with the light of His presence and love. It is said that it is always the darkest before the dawn. I am so thankful that He has overcome the world and the future is bright with Light!
Lord, I need You to shine on me today!