Friday, November 23, 2012

“As Children Of Light” 

(Friends:  No association between politicians and rodents is intended by the following.  Glen).

    Having just been through a political campaign season in which truth matters little, if at all, it is easy to sense that we live in a pervasive fog of unreality. 

     We do.  “This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil… the whole world lieth in wickedness” (John 3:19; I John 5:19).  By nature, human beings prefer unreality because it enables us to avoid the hard truth about ourselves, our lives, and most importantly, our Creator. Left to ourselves, we exist as a blind and condemned race of beings that scurries from truth faster than rodents flee from bright light.

     “And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself” (Genesis 3:9-10).

     Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are not exempted from the fleshly tendency to hide in the shadows of darkness. The Apostle Paul commands that we “walk as children of light” because we can still live in contradiction to the truth that “now are ye light in the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8). Indeed, a proper and essential prayer we might frequently offer involves the request for our Lord to call us into the light, and to mercifully extricate us with a bit of Fatherly force if we continue to hide in the trees.  “Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant:save me for Thy mercies' sake!” (Psalm 31:16).

     We can do little about the headlong flight of politicians and rodents from truth and light.  We can do much about ourselves, however.  We can avail ourselves of God’s light as it shines forth in His Word.  We can pray the aforementioned prayers for His Spirit’s illumination.  We can seek the communion of fellow believers who often serve as the lamp of Christ’s light to our needy eyes.  And we can acknowledge our fleshly tendency to hide rather than join the Psalmist in his wise hope and affirmation…

 “Thou wilt light my candle; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.”(Psalm 18:28)


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