Psalm 72 (Prayers for the king); Jeremiah 31:7-14 (Joy as God’s scattered flock gathers); John 1:[1-9] 10-18 (God with us) (New International Version)
Have you ever noticed that light and darkness cannot coexist? In fact, the definition of dark is the absence of light. Light pushes out darkness. It is a physical truth. It is a spiritual truth. John speaks of Jesus as the true light that gives light to everyone. That sounds great until you realize that for most of us, there are dark places in our lives. Areas we don’t want anyone to see or know about. Areas that we think are so bad that if others really knew the truth about us, they would turn away and shun us.
Yet the light of Jesus shines still and the darkness cannot overcome. The light of Jesus shines in my dark areas, revealing to me all that God already knows about me. That light shines not because God now has a good excuses to hate me, but that as I receive His grace and forgiveness, I can understand the depth of His love. Only as God shines a light into my darkness can I begin the process of repenting and stripping away the layers of sin that I have used to insulate myself from the plans God has for me.
Lord, let me always live in the light of Jesus Christ. It seems so easy to turn away and hide from Your light, and retreat into my old ways of darkness. When I do, though, Your light finds me and reveals Your grace again. Let my life reflect Your light so that others can experience the joy of Your presence also.