Deeper Day 163: Hope Spring Eternal

There was a song released a couple of years ago and it was based on the premise that you can’t turn out the light on the inside. This is truth. The Light of the world lives inside us when we ask Jesus into our hearts. Therefore, we carry a Light that cannot be turned out. While reading my Bible just now, I stumbled upon these verses.

Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.”    John 11:9-10

I have never considered these verses much before, but it seems to me that God is saying that we need that internal light to give us sight during the dark times. These feel like dark times to me, and I guarantee there’s no way to walk things out well apart from God. This reminds me of another verse that we all know so well…

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”. Matthew 5:14-16

It’s time for us to bring the Hope of the world into this conversation! Let your light shine for others. Don’t get bogged down by fear, anger and resentment. Instead, what might happen if you refuse to partner with disgruntlement and instead chose to release the Light of the world. The only answer to any of the things that are currently making life difficult is Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the life.

What would happen if over the next couple of days, you walked away from the media and social media and instead focused on your Light? What if you immersed yourself in scripture and leaned into the still small Voice? What if you stepped further into the Light?

Well, I’ll tell you what will happen…You’ll start shining brighter!

Prayer Moment: God, help me to step so far into Your Light that I radiate the hope of heaven into the earth. Stoke the fires of revival in my own heart, so I can be an instrument of true and lasting change. God, forgive me for the times when I have held back my light. Uncover the Light within my heart and help me to shine brighter!! I love You, God. In Jesus name, Amen.

Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:12-13