Stay in the Light

Think about what it is like to walk along a wooded path in complete darkness. Perhaps a hike through the forest took a little bit longer than expected and, with an overcast sky, some unprepared hikers must attempt to find their campsite without any flashlights or illumination from the moon and stars. Such an analogy comes to mind when I read the first chapter of 1 John.

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

~1 John 1:5-7

The apostle John liked to use figures of speech. Specifically, when he wrote that “God is light,” he used a metaphor. (Remember from English class that a metaphor is a comparison without using like or as) Obviously, God is not light in the literal sense. Rather, God has attributes that are similar to that of a huge halogen spotlight. God provides illumination where there was once darkness. He provides enlightenment where there was once ignorance. He provides safety where there was once danger. God does not want us to wander around, stumbling over every obstacle in our paths. He wants us to rely on him and his Word as we navigate through life as the psalmist so eloquently wrote:

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

~Psalm 119:105

Do not worry so much about being perfect. Just stay in the light.

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  1. I celebrate that God is light, and that He is the kind of light that keeps me in Him. I can run for the darkness in my blindest moments of flesh, and yet He shines on me and raises me to repentance and confession of sin (Psalm 51). God bless you brother.

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