Lights shine more brightly when the night is at its darkest moment. Stars illuminate the skies with more beauty and brilliance when there is no glare from the glow of a city.
Light also brings shadows and can cause blindness. Light even creates illusions of things that do not exist – like streams of water on parched desert sand.
But there is one Light that enables us to see the light. It is the Light of God that comes from the Word of God when His Word and His ways are illuminated by His Holy Spirit.
Psalm 36 contains an important theme for the Christian. All too often we willingly accept the teachings of individuals who offer a solution to our problems from sources that are not consistent with God’s truth. David clearly warns us about this problem. He writes that we may unwisely “flatter” ourselves because we are “deceived” by not being able to see the truth and “detect sin.” He offers the solution for the method we are to use to discriminate the truth about sin: “in Your light we see light.”
John emphasized this fact also, “God is light,” he assures us, “and in Him, there is no darkness.” Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable. Darkness, on the other hand, represents what is foreboding, sinful, and evil. The truest source of light comes from God’s Word, is true and reliable, and will guide us from the darkness of sin into the Light of God’s love, mercy, grace, and hope. His Light will save us from a life of self-deception and certain death and ultimately lead us into His presence.
Prayer: With grateful hearts, Lord, we thank You for becoming the Light of the world and the Light of our lives. May we see the beauty of Your light. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see. Psalm 36:9
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