It was Jim’s birthday, and his dad wanted it to be one he would long remember. So, he decided to take him to the Christian bookstore to buy him a picture of Jesus that he could hang in his room.
Upon entering the store, he said, “Son, which picture of Jesus do you want for your room? Look around carefully and then tell me which one you want.”
After looking at most of the pictures in the store very carefully, he said, “Dad, I want a picture of Jesus that will shine in my room when it is dark.”
We live in a world filled with darkness that would, if it could, put out the light of God. But this is nothing new. Jesus said, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds are evil.”
Jesus brought the light of God into a world that has been darkened by sin. But His light has a condition to it: it must be received through faith in what He did for us on the cross. Those who receive Him are made righteous, and they see His light in the darkness.
Hear what the Psalmist said, “Light is shed upon those who are righteous - the godly.” His light dissipates the darkness of despair and brings the hope of eternal life.
In Him we are no longer victims but victors and through Him we need no longer fear the darkness and despair that surround the lost and those facing death.
It was King David who once said, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for You are with me ... shedding Your light, giving hope”
Prayer: What a comfort it is, Lord, to know that You are the Light of the world and our lives and will always be our Guide. Thank You for being our hope. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Light shines on the righteous. Psalm 97:11a