“Growing up,” Stan began, “I had an older brother who delighted in scaring me. He would hide behind a door in the dark hallway of our house, jump out, and scare me.”
“I wasn’t very old and for the life of me I can’t figure out why my parents allowed my brother to do that. It had a real impact on me.”
“I don’t mean to be impertinent, Stan, but why did you continue to go into a dark hallway? Why didn’t you just turn on the light?”
“You know, as dumb as it might sound, I never thought of that until you mentioned it just now. Of course, that would have been the end of my brother’s reign of terror!”
“To get serious,” Stan said, the world is a dark place.” Continuing, he said, “And I have walked in spiritual darkness. Thankfully, I now know the light, the true light, that is the cure for all such darkness.”
“Darkness does not want to change in any way except to get darker, so it hates the light and all who are illuminated by the light of Christ. It hates it when I flip the switch to turn on the light that will shine into the darkness.”
“Hate what God hates. Hate the darkness, but do not be afraid, for He is with you.”
“Flip the switch,” Stan said in closing.
The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. Proverbs 4:18.
Prayer: Lord, you brought me out of the darkness into your light. I am eternally thankful for that. You want me to be light into this dark world. That is I want as well. I need and ask for all of the help you can provide in being the light you intend for me to be. Help me to shine my light before men in such a way that they see good works, want to leave the darkness, and glorify you. Amen