“Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,” Psalm 89:15 (ESV)
The subject of light is frequently in our discussions this time of the year. There is great light in the presence of the Lord. We think of the light which shone for the shepherds near Bethlehem that night that Jesus was born. The Bible clearly shows us that rejection of God and His will results in darkness. Darkness in this world is caused by denial of God’s will and by sin. But with God there is great light which overcomes the darkness. The Gospel of John declares that in Jesus, was the light that was the life He brought to expose the darkness, (John 1:4-5.) That is what the lights of Christmas should remind us of. When Jesus came to earth there were lights to demonstrate His purpose in coming. His presence in our lives does make such a big difference – like the difference between night and day. Our verse reminds us to walk in the light of His presence and promises a real blessing if we do. Remember we have our festal shout out at Christmas. It was when Jesus came to be our Savior and His promise is to be with us daily.
“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6 (ESV)
Our Father in heaven has done so very much for us. Our Bible verse today reminds us of one of His acts that has affected our lives in a meaningful way. That act is God’s creation of light in the very beginning. He is a God of light in many ways and our verse reminds us that He brings light into our hearts. Without the light of God in our lives we are filled with darkness. In the beginning when the foundations of the world were created, the dark world was lit up when God said, ‘Let there be light’. More exactly, daytime was distinguished from nighttime by the creation of light. Without light, there is only darkness. We can know how wonderful it is that we don’t have to live in that darkness or with it in our hearts? God has made his light shine in our hearts and it is a glorious light for us who have believed. Let’s be encouraged today as we recognize that God is a God of glory and He wants us to know of His glory. It is a promise that will bring light to our hearts and to our lives.
“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.” 1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 (ESV)
In these verses from Paul’s letter to the believers in Thessalonica, he gives a direct warning. We might say stern warning as he does not want us to be unaware. “Let us keep awake and be sober.” Yes, sober as opposed to drunk. Also sober as in having control of our thoughts and mind. Being alert and not dull and unaware that The Day is coming. Paul compares those of us who believe as being ‘of the light’ and those who do not as being ‘of darkness’. So our promise is that because we are not of the night or the darkness, we are to not fall asleep on the watch but be awake and of sound mind. One day, God will call out to this world “It’s a wrap,” the call a crew heard when we were done with a production. But when God chooses to “wrap it up” that will be the day of fulfillment. For all who have believed in Jesus Christ and persevere in faith are saved. We will be spared the wrath coming to the unbelievers. Just as it says in verse 11, “we encourage one another and build one another up.”