God Is Light
"God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all." (1 John 1:5)
Jared hurried into his bedroom to grab the football that was on his bed. He was in such a hurry that he did not even bother to turn on the light. His friend Thomas had just arrived, and they wanted to play football in the backyard for as long as possible before supper time.
Whoops! Before Jared knew what was happening, he found himself on the floor. It was dark – too dark to see where he was going! Just then, his dad came into the room and flipped on the light. Suddenly, Jared could see! There was his football on the bed, and on the floor beside him were the shoes he had tripped over.
"How did you expect to see without the light, Jared?"
Jared grinned, feeling a little silly. "I thought I didn't need it, but I was wrong. Thanks for turning on the light, Dad!" Jared picked up the football and ran outside to play with Thomas in the sunshine.
Trying to do things in the dark can be dangerous. But some people do live in the dark – not in the physical kind, but in spiritual darkness. The Bible says, "He that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth" (John 12:35). Many people try to live without God, trusting only in their own minds as they make decisions about their lives. This is walking in darkness.
It can be fun to do things your own way – at least for a little while. But continuing to walk "in the dark" leads to unpleasant surprises, like the surprise Jared got when he tripped over his shoes. Without the light, he stumbled and fell. Without spiritual "light," we will stumble and fall spiritually, again and again.
When we fall into sin, the results are even more painful than falling on the floor. Our sins do not hurt just us! Our sins often affect other people, and they hurt Jesus' testimony, too. But Christians do not have to walk in the dark. God is our spiritual light. The Bible says, "The Lord is my light and my salvation" (Psalm 27:1). Walking in the light protects us from falling.
Perhaps you are wondering, "But how do I walk in God's light?" The Bible also says, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Psalm 119:105). Here are some ways to walk in the light:
1. Read God's Word every day.
2. Pray and ask Him for help.
3. Obey what God's Word says.
When you are walking with God, you are never "in the dark."
» Am I content to stumble "in the dark"?
» What do I need to begin doing to "walk in God's light"?
Truth In Real Life
“Nothing could preserve me in cheerfulness and confidence under these afflictions, but the assurance of the faithfulness of Christ.”
Christmas Evans was born in Wales on December 25, 1766 – which is why he was named “Christmas.” His father, a humble shoemaker, died when Christmas was 8, leaving the little boy to be raised by a cruel and ungodly uncle. The first part of his life, young Christmas was just a little farm worker boy who never had a chance to learn how to read.
At age 17, Evans began working in his Presbyterian church, doing whatever he could to help the men of God. Having been saved in a revival meeting, he felt it was his duty to help the church who had helped him. As a teenager, he was mentored by godly men (very different from his uncle). And someone finally taught him how to read and write!
Evans continued caring more and more about the things of God. He talked about spiritual things and did what was right. As a result, his unsaved “friends” hated him. One day, they beat him up so badly that he lost one of his eyes. But Evans still worked to please God more than others.
At age 24, he joined the Baptist denomination and was ordained to preach. He traveled throughout the country of Wales and preached in churches, coal mines, fields, and homes. It was common for him to preach five times in one day. God gave Evans tremendous power in expressing the Gospel message, and revival seemed to follow him wherever he preached. Thousands of Christians gave testimony of salvation and soon the famous Welsh Revival began.
Despite his early hardships in his uncle’s home, and despite his disfigured face because of his evil friends, God used Christmas Evans to bring Him much glory. He has often been called “the one-eyed John Bunyan of Wales” because of his wonderful imagination and the ongoing influence of his preaching ministry.
Did you have a rough start to your life? Are you in the middle of some really hard times and troubles right now? What would it take to make you give up? Christmas Evans didn’t give up. He threw himself into the care of God, and he kept going. God used him mightily!
Nahum 1:7 – The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.