From: Earth Psalms
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)
Every evening, moths gather outside the window of our downstairs family room. They beat against the glass, trying to get to the lamp inside. Sometimes after our dog Sarge has gone out, he stalls at the door, playing with them, and they manage to flitter inside and dash themselves against the light bulb.
Remember the bug zappers that were once popular? The false light attracted moths and insects, electrocuting them when they came close.
People can be like moths, going after false light. The prophet Isaiah begged the Israelites not to do this: “If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God. But watch out, you who live in your own light and warm yourselves by your own fires,” (Isaiah 50:10-11). He wasn’t talking about building a campfire. He was talking about rejecting God and worshiping idols – something the Israelites had been doing off and on for hundreds of years, even before they entered the Promised Land. Idol literally means “little nothing.” An idol is not only a graven image; it is anything that replaces the living God in our lives. That could be status, family, reputation, material possessions, or anything else we hold first in our hearts and trust to improve our lives.
This world is a dark place. We need light to guide us, to get us through safely. Our problem is when we try to manufacture our own light rather than turning to the true light. Like moths, we often pursue that false light of “little nothings” until we’re in danger of ending up in flames. We must learn to worship only our true Savior and Lord.
Christ is the Light of the World – the Light that illumines our daily faith walk. When we draw close to him, we won’t be burned. We’ll be equipped to travel in this dark, fallen world, carrying that Christ-light inside that will draw others. And ultimately, that Light “leads to life.” It shows us the way to our true home, where we will forever be in the presence of Light, Christ himself.
I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s light;
Look unto me, thy morn shall rise,
And all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus and I found
In him my star, my sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk
Till traveling days are done.
(“I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say”)
Whatever man loves, that is his god.
For he carries it in his heart; he goes about with it night and day;
he sleeps and wakes with it,
Be it what it may – wealth or self, pleasure or renown.
Why did the Israelites pursue idols instead of trusting in God? Why do we sometimes do the same thing? How can a renewed vision of Jesus as the Light of the World help us turn away from our “little nothings”?
This week, pay attention to where you turn for comfort or guidance. Take some time to write down what you discover. What things are replacing God in your life? Commit to turning solely to him.
CONNECT WITH GOD
Lord Jesus, you are the Light of the World. Only through you can we see where we are going. Forgive me for turning to lesser things – “little nothings” – that will never satisfy and that will lead me away from you. I want to walk in your light that leads to life. May your light shine inside me, and may others see it and be drawn to you.