How can Jesus be ‘the light of the world’, yet there is so much gloom, confusion and spiritual uncertainty (darkness)? Seems as though, like our physical sun, His glory would just illuminate everywhere, huh. Odd that He doesn’t force us to live in His light, in His leadership, and in His ‘no hidden agenda’ will for us.
One of the scriptures for our devotional today is, John 8:12, which reads; “…I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.“
That is the key; following Him. So His light only illuminates the path of His followers, not those right next to you/us. No WONDER they stumble, falter, and wander aimlessly in life. If only they could see their path as well as we do, if only they could taste of His comforting assurance we receive through trusting Him.
Then, I remembered the simple physics itself, light needs something on which to reflect for us to actually ‘see’ anything. Like the moon out there in space, there us ‘not’ a solid stream of light coming from the sun. There is nothing in space that the light hits, until it reaches the moon, and we see the reflection, the illumination, the brightness ‘from’ the sun.
Likewise, those around us never actually see God’s spirit shedding His light on us, only His impact ‘on’ our lives… essentially reflecting on our faces, our hearts, and our actions. So, we are to ‘stand tall’ and let His glory shine ‘for the world to see’… a beacon calling in their hearts that will guide them to the Lord.
As Matthew 5:14-16 reads, “… Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.“