The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
John 1:5 NASB
I’m a science geek. Exoplanets, space travel, stars, etc. all get me excited to read about them. But the one thing that truly fascinates me are black holes. Things in space so powerful that not even light canescape their gravity. When I read this text this morning this was the first thing that came to mind as I’ve always been mystified by the idea of light not being able to affect a black hole.
The text brings that out today as The Light comes to darkness and the darkness doesn’t get it. And it makes me wonder how deep in darkness do you have to be for The Light not to have any effect? May it be that none of us are at that point and that we can recognize our need of Christ and give Him our lives.
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no delight in them”;
Ecclesiastes 12:1 NASB
Life is so much simpler as a kid. The daily stressors and triggers of adult life are not there. You are free to have true hobbies, play and you can also use your time for God.
It’s the last one that we don’t do. And we pass it off with sayings like ‘that’s for them old folk’ or ‘I’ll get around to it when I’m older’. Truth is even in our youth we have our own agenda on what we want to do.
Which is why if we can remember our Creator in the days of our youth we will be powerful witnesses, both then and now. We will have the energy and vigor to speak the word boldly and as we age to speak it with wisdom. So let us use our youth while the advantage is available.
Blessed are You, O Lord ; Teach me Your statutes.
Psalms 119:12 NASB
How do you teach with no lessons? We want to learn about God’s statutes but are unwilling to take the lessons necessary to learn them. And thus we stay in a state of conflict within ourselves.
If only we realized that God teaches the lesson and keeps 24/7 office hours to answer our questions and has already taken the test for us.
Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe.
Jude 1:5 NASB
The exodus story is one of the most gripping and fascinating stories ever. For in the story you see the patience of God. Think about the 10 spies who gave the false report. They had seen the plagues, the red sea, the bitter water made sweet, the commandments given (twice), the edge of the camp burned up, etc. And they still came back and gave a false report on the land! They saw all those (and more) and still doubted God would do as He said.
We have to believe that God will do what He has said. Otherwise we are calling Him a liar with our unbelief.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;
Hebrews 10:23 NASB
It’s hard to hold on to something you don’t believe in. For when challenges come your way you have already allowed the seeds of doubt to be planted in your mind. The challenge simply allows that doubt to grow.
But if we believe in God as we say we do then there is nothing that will shake us from our faith. The text says that we should hold on to what we believe because the One who promised is faithful. Its the ultimate test. You come to believe all the things you read and then when the trials come, the reassurance you are given is what you read in the first place. So what is left is you either believe or you dont.
Let’s hold fast to believing.
It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.
1 Timothy 1:15 NASB
The first time I read this passage I thought about Paul and said yeah, he was pretty bad. We have this concept of comparing our sins to the next person in a way to make ourselves feel better about the dirt we do. So of course the first time I read it I had that attitude.
But then I kept reading and growing and walking with Christ. And I read the text again and I began to disagree with Paul. He wasn’t the “chief of sinners”, I was. You see when we stop comparing ourselves to each other and start comparing ourselves to Christ, it is then that we can see how woefully short of perfection we fall. It is then that we stop thinking of one offense to God greater than the other. We understand that gossip and murder are on the same level (the killing of somebody). We recognize that sin is offensive to God, no matter what form it takes.
It is then that we are in position to fully accept that Christ came for people like us. And we can then thank Him properly by giving Him our lives.
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
James 1:12 NASB
No one wants to go through trials and indeed it was setup for us not to go through trials. Life in the garden was easy and Adam and Eve had full command of the Earth. But here we are in a sin filled world and trials are part of it. Yet even in this chaos the blessings of God can be found. James writes that the one who perseveres under trial will be blessed with the crown of life.
The key is to hold on to God in the storm. I pray that He would give us all the strength to do so.