John 8:12 – 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." (NKJV)
In North America, we have what is called Daylight Saving Time, which merely means turning our clocks ahead one hour. This action is done on the second Sunday of March. In actuality, we don't get a minute more of daylight. What we do get is an hour more of light in the evening, and an hour less in the morning. It is the encroaching darkness of nightfall that many of us want to postpone so eagerly. It almost appears as a miracle every year when Daylight Saving Time comes around. For us who welcome the sunlight as a reflection of the light of God, Daylight Saving Time is surely a minor miracle. It seems to mirror the larger miracle of light as a sort of symbol of God-with-us.
Matthew 4:16 – The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned. (NKJV)
We know that God made the sun, moon, and stars to illuminate this world for us. We are told in Exodus 34:30 that the face of Moses, having seen God, shone, so that the Israelites were afraid to come near him. We know that Jesus is the light of the world, and that at His transfiguration, "His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light" (Matthew 17:2b NKJV). We know that the Holy Spirit came in the form of tongues of fire. Finally, we know that we are to let our own God-given light shine upon all people to glorify God. One thing that we do know for sure is that we do not want to be "a people who sit in darkness". Thank God that He has blessed us with a reminder that we are not in darkness, and that we are to walk as children of light.
2 Corinthians 4:6 – For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (NKJV)
Ephesians 5:8-10 – For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. (NKJV)
Prayer: Jesus, You are the light and beacon of this world. Please illuminate our way. Remind us to shine with the light of the gospel. Reveal to us Your teachings about the way that we conduct ourselves. Also, help us to overcome the darkness with Your uncompromising light. Show us the path back into Your grace. Help us to use the extra hour of light at the end of the day to rejoice in Your light and to do Your will. Amen.
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