“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Read this verse over and over. What is Jesus whispering to you?
This morning the whisper I hear is “never dark.” What does this mean? If we believe in Jesus, we will never walk in the dark. Not literal darkness but the darkness of evil. The darkness of lies. The darkness of sins.
The concept of never walking in darkness is hard to comprehend. In fact, when Jesus said this those present had no idea what He was talking about. They kept asking questions and Jesus told them that they didn’t comprehend because they were trying to understand in human terms. We must know Jesus before we can understand Him. But too many of us want to know about Jesus and understand what He is saying before we accept Him as our Savior. That isn’t faith. That isn’t letting go of control. That is us trying to control God. That is being of this world.
I struggle with this understanding too. I want to know. I want to understand but I can’t without the help of the Holy Spirit. It all boils down to trust. Do you trust God or self? If you trust God, then you will believe with out proof or explanation. If you trust self, then you want to understand first. I too often need to understand first which is evidence that my faith is very weak. It also leaves me asking a lot of questions and getting few answers unless I ask in faith. In other words, we should ask questions not to control God but to get to know Him so that we can follow His desires instead of our own.
As we get to know Jesus and allow Him in our life we will start to be in the light. This means we will shine in the darkness. It means we will be a positive influence on those around us, leading them to Christ or at least helping them have a closer relationship with them. We won’t be overcome by the darkness that is all around us. We won’t be lead into temptation because we find full satisfaction in God, in Jesus, in the Holy Spirit. We will have no need to sin because it doesn’t present anything better than what we have.
It is clear I have a long way to go. I am tempted. I too often get caught up in my desires instead of God’s desires. My prayers are often about fulfilling my desires instead of God’s desires. So, I try to pray for God to make His desires my desires. I want to be in the light, not darkness. I want to shine so others can see, not block the light and support darkness. But the struggle continues. Lord, bring us all into Your light. Help us to make Your desires our desires. In Christ’s Name we pray, Amen.