From Light to Darkness?

“When the light is too bright, we cannot see.”

 Malcom Muggeridge

Light to Darkness

Most of us can recall what it is like when we’ve had a good night’s sleep, and then having made our way to the bathroom, turning on the light. We find it difficult for the first moments to see properly, and the sensation that the light brings to our senses can properly be described as “unpleasant”. Right?

Jesus taught, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. Therefore, if the light within you has turned into darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Mt 6:22-23)

When a man is not accustomed to the light, when suddenly exposed to it, his ability to see is obscured. He is able to recognize the light for what it is, – especially being that it is foreign to the darkness to which he is more accustomed and well-adapted; but is at first unable to discern anything beyond the contrasting brightness.

So it is with the one to whom God reveals Himself.

The religious leaders of Jesus day had indeed received the light of God’s word, in that it was the written revelation of God (given by Moses, God’s mediator) to His chosen people. But when the Word became flesh and dwelt among them, the light was so bright – they couldn’t see.

Jesus explained to his disciples, “For whoever has, to him more will be given and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”       (Mt 13:12)

We see in John 9:39-41

And Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see may see, and those who “see” may become blind”. And some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words and said to Him, “We aren’t blind too, are we?”

Jesus said to them, “If you were “blind” you would not have sin. But now you say, “We see”, so you sin remains.”

Jesus warns us,   “Therefore, be careful that the light in you isn’t darkness.” (Lk 11:34)

To claim personal understanding of who He is, and then not live in a way that is consistent with that knowledge is in itself an admission that we have not understood what we have professed. In other words; light that permits darkness to remain in its presence is not light, but darkness by another name. True light (by any name) is not compatible with darkness.

This is why John writes, “If we claim that we have fellowship with Him while walking in the darkness, we are lying and not living the truth.” (1 John 1:6 WNPT)

“As long as you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”   (John 12:36a)

The Point:  God’s penetrating light can at first be uncomfortable and offensive to our senses, and we can either be offended by what His light reveals about us, or we can continue “in the light” and become accustomed to His presence and the cleansing that He alone can provide.

Christ will be to us either a stepping-stone, or a stumbling-stone. What is He to you?

Prayer:

Lord, help us today to see You as You are, and to truly see who You are; and in the “seeing” that we may be changed. Let us not be offended by what Your word reveals in us, but let us come to the light that all of our deeds may be seen to have been wrought in You.

Reflections From “Living in The Glass”

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3 Responses to “From Light to Darkness?”

  1. Comment…

    Would you consider writing a guest post?…

    • Hi Sherry. Sorry so slow about getting back. Working two jobs, so slow even about my blog posts.Sure I would. Just let me know what you have in mind. Feel free to re-blog any of my poetry or devotionals as you like. It’s all there for the Lord to use as He will.

    • Hi Sherry,

      Just noticed your question again…I see you have a photography site/business. What did you have in mind for a guest post? Do you also have another blog that you write?

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