Bible Society of South Africa
Carina Francke

Your 24/7 Companion – Day 16

His Gift: His Light in You

Bible text(s)

12Then Solomon prayed:

“You, LORD, have placed the sun in the sky,

yet you have chosen to live in clouds and darkness.

1 Kings 8:12GNBOpen in Bible reader

11He covered himself with darkness;

thick clouds, full of water, surrounded him.

Psalms 18:11GNBOpen in Bible reader

God is Light

5Now the message that we have heard from his Son and announce is this: God is light, and there is no darkness at all in him.

1 John 1:5GNBOpen in Bible reader

Pardon me! Didn’t John the apostle say that God is light and in him is no darkness at all? (1 John 1:5). Of course he did! However, darkness cannot exist where God dwells, because his presence turns darkness into glaring light. It absorbs darkness and penetrates the thickness, and darkest of clouds and water. Wherever he is, darkness changes into the brightest light!

Can you understand why you become the light that shines in the world when God abides in you? Do you remember what we said about our 24/7 abiding Companion? Jesus said in John 14:23, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him.” The true Light himself came to live in you! He built himself a permanent home … YOU! Yet, in Luke 11:33-36, Jesus warns us to take care that “the lamp of the body, the eye” does not get bad because the whole body will then also be full of darkness. It is our responsibility to see to it that our eye does not become bad. This “eye” refers to our spiritual, moral eye that observes the world around us and determines to what extent our lives are illuminated. When our moral, spiritual eye becomes blind to the wrong decisions, or way of life that the word and the Holy Spirit convicts us of, we are guilty of hiding the shining light in a secret place or under a basket.

The sorrowful result? Apart from the fact that we ourselves (our whole body) becomes darkness, people around us also can’t see the light anymore … neither the Light who wants to shine through us.

What then happened to God who wants to live in darkness? Can’t he just shine through that darkness of my eye? No! God created you with a will of your own and he honours that part of your being. Unfortunately, it’s that same will that prevents God from intervening when you allow darkness into your life. It’s your choice to let the light shine through you.

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