Lent 2013 – day 4

16 Feb

Psalm 139:11-12
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

I started reading this and my first thought was that this might have been better linked with yesterday’s verses, because it is continuing the idea of how we cannot escape God.
But then I was drawn to the word “light” and remembered a line from the song “Jesus, hope of the nations”:
Jesus, light in the darkness. Jesus, truth in each circumstance.

Often in life we can try to bury the bad things we do, hiding them in the deepest, darkest places in our hearts. But nowhere is hidden from God. Nowhere is too dark for Him to see. And when Jesus brings His light to bear on our hearts He brings His truth to convict us of what we have done wrong. And when we allow this to happen we can start to change, to become light ourselves. As Jesus said in Matthew 5:14:
“You are the light of the world”
So when we are called to be a light for the world it means that we are to shine like Christ, bringing His love and truth to all. Nowhere is too dark for His light to shine, so nowhere should be off limits in where we share Him.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me,and lead me in the way everlasting.


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