The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The Lord gives light to the eyes of both. ~Proverbs 29:13 (NKJV)
It’s just after five A.M., and I am sitting here looking out one of three picture windows that we have here in this basement floor of the house. I am seeing a large valley surrounded by high mountains full of trees. There is also a large meadow below that I am able to make out, albeit dimly, movement of deer.
I tell you this because this is what I can see at this time of the morning, not clearly but I can still see much of it. This is made possible by the light of a rather bright moon. Because it looks more like the day is dawning rather than being part of the night as it should be, I am able to see things that I ordinarily would not see until much later in the morning.
The thought occurred to me of the importance of light, even at night, and even when it’s only a little bit brighter than the darkness. “Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.” The presence of light in the darkness helps us to see and detect the obstacles that confront us at those times.
This is especially true when it comes to spiritual light. There are times when we don’t see clearly in our spiritual lives, until God brings us the light. Many are the metaphors of light in Scripture; I am sure you might recite some of them. But how do these same words “light” up your life? Needing the light and having the illumination for our present circumstances is a great comfort to us.
I guess what I want to convey to you this morning is the fact that having light when we need it gives us great confidence in our spiritual walk, too. But, have you considered the fact that you and I, too, provide light for others? Why then would we want to dim that light in the presence of those who need it most?
I once stood on the ground in Israel, looking up and across the valley to the city of Nazareth, where Jesus may have said, “You are the light of the world (speaking to those who were following Him). A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” He goes on to say, “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it give light to all who are in the house.”
Presently, the dawn is starting to break through into the day. Though they are not my words, still, it should encourage you for this day: “Let your light so shine before [others], that they may . . . glorify your Father in heaven.”
Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife of 46 years.