Scripture: John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
There is just something about the dark that changes how we approach things. We drive slower in the dark. We walk gingerly in a familiar room in the dark. Even a small child knows that the dark holds more uncertainty than the light. What is it about the dark that brings such change? It’s about control. When there is light, we can see what’s ahead of us and can determine our response to it.
We live our lives essentially in the dark. Although our waking hours are spent predominately in daylight hours, the realities that face us are as unpredictable and significantly more painful then stepping on a toy left out on the floor. When Jesus was prophesied about in the book of Isaiah, it was to a people in darkness. Their world was dark and devoid of hope.
Isaiah 9 says, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned… For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
The prophecy spoke of a people walking in darkness who would see for the first time. Jesus would be their Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. These would be some of His many titles, but His very existence is what brought light. He permanently took fear out of the darkness with His presence. We may feel out of control in the darkness, but we can trust that Jesus, the Light of the World, is with us.
- What fears are making your world feel dark today?
- How does trusting Jesus to be the “Light of the World” bring you safety and hope today?
Soul Care Practice
Become aware of God’s loving presence and imagine Jesus saying these words to you: “I am the light of the world…” Talk with Jesus about any thoughts, reflections, challenges, and emotions that come up within you. How can you embody these words and follow Christ in your home, neighborhood, and workplace?
Read Jesus’ words again slowly: “I am the light of the world…” How did these words shape and guide you today? Pray your thoughts, desires, needs, struggles, and joys from today. As you go to bed, rest in God’s presence.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. (Ephesians 3:16-17)
Written by Becky White, Pastor of Counseling and Care.