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I spent a long time in the dark. Even after I began to see the light, I still felt more comfortable hiding in the dark.
In the dark, you’re not in the spotlight. If you still want to do the sinful things that your evil little heart desires you can. No judgment because you have made sure that you aren’t really accountable. Sometimes when we finally do step into the light, we feel like others can see right through us. We aren’t used to the light so we feel ashamed of our past.
Actually, the dark can even feel safe, because that’s what we are used to.
Stay quiet, keep it hush-hush, put on a good front and go about your day. We all know how to do that. After all, you are a good person. You do way more good things than bad. You pray, you go to church, you read your Bible. That’s worth something…right?
Why Doesn’t This Feel Right
But I don’t know, something’s not right.
Life doesn’t seem fulfilling.
Where are those blessings?
What about the peace and the unconditional joy?
I know God keeps pointing some little things out here and there that don’t align with Him and His will, but surely that doesn’t make that big of a difference. And besides, there are some things you are willing to part with in your life but there’s just no way you could give up the others. For Him to even think that you can seem so unrealistic.
Obedient or Not, There is no in-between
But are those things even actually little? Isn’t there just obedient or non-obedient? All things are big. All sins matter. They all draw a wedge between you and God, between you and your blessings. And most importantly between your relationship with Him. He SEPERATED the light from the dark! That cannot coexist. It doesn’t get any clearer than that.
Over and over I kept getting this message “come into the light”. After a while, longer than I would like to admit, I finally agreed and let a dim light shine on me. I’ll give up this, do more of that. But that one thing…
Until finally enough was enough.
The message grew stronger and I heard God say, “I have so much I can give you and do for you if you would just come into the light and stay there. You will be more righteous this way. I will trust you to be a disciple for me. You will be blessed and your life will prosper. You will conquer way more in the light than you ever will in your dark desolate corner. I can’t do anything for you as long as any part of your life is in the dark because I only live in the light. You know this, but I need you to live it!”
And if that wasn’t enough, the next month He continued to remind me of this nearly every time I read a devotional, heard a podcast, a sermon or studied the Bible. The communication was undeniable.
First, there was this:
No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. -Matthew 5:15
So not only should I give up the darkness and come into the light, but I should be a light to everyone I encounter.
Wow, that is a lot of pressure.
So, I went through these things to be a beacon of light for everyone else?
Use Your Past
He wants to use your past. You don’t have to be ashamed of it because it can be used for a purpose now. Now YOU can help others see. You can help guide others to Him so their brokenness can be healed. Those shared scars make you relatable and trustworthy to other people that can’t see the light yet. They warn those headed down the same road that stranded you.
Then, of course, this one I have heard many times. Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” -John 8:12
The Bible Says So
1 John 1:5 confirms that. God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another
John 12:46 I have come into the world as a light so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
There are literally a ton of references in the Bible referring to “the Light”. The more my mind was in tune with that message the more references I kept coming across. Starting from the very beginning of creation in Genesis, “God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.”
You Won’t Regret it
Worldly focus on love and relationships, money, status, material possessions leave a feeling of dark, empty loneliness. We can only start to see the light and step into it once we face the darkness.
The Bible makes it well known how much better being in the light is and that only fools walk in darkness – Ecclesiastes 2:14. I don’t know about you but I don’t really want to be considered a fool. When we separate ourselves or even an aspect of our lives from Him it will always be dark for us. But he sends light to guide us out of the darkness and back to Him. Isn’t that amazing!
Okay, God! It makes sense, I get it. I’m trying.