“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I AM the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." John 8:12
Earthly experiences can reflect spiritual truths. Have you ever walked into a dark room after coming from outside on a sunny day? At first, you can’t see, but your eyes adjust and soon you’re able to see fairly well in the dark. But when you’re already in darkness and someone pulls back the curtain or shines a flashlight in your face, it’s blinding and painful – especially the longer you’ve been away from light.
Our spiritual eyes respond similarly to degrees of light. It’s easier to slip into the darkness than focus on the blinding light of Jesus where we can feel very exposed. But even though we were born in darkness, we can take heart, for Jesus has redeemed us and now calls us His children of light!
It can be difficult to look into the light at first, but the reward of knowing Christ is so much greater than anything we might find in the shadows. So let us turn our eyes toward Jesus, the true Light, and let Him change our reality; the more time we spend there, the less anything from the darkness will be tempting, because our eyes won’t be accustomed to the darkness anymore.
Dear Jesus, thank You for being a light to this dark world. Help me focus my eyes on You and not to love the things of darkness. Amen.
Reflect on the words of this hymn and then ask God to help you walk in His light more steadily.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”
-Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. Helen H. Lemmel
Here's another hymn. Have a listen to "Holy, Holy, Holy" like you've never heard it before.