This world can be a dark place. Fear, despair, and dread grip the hearts of many. Acts of selfishness and utter disregard for others can be found in abundance. Pain and heartache characterize the emotions of a multitude of individuals. At times, it may feel as if we are groping our way through the pitch blackness of the midnight hour.
Over 2,000 years ago, in the midst of the darkness, a Savior was born – Jesus, the Light of the World (John 8:12). In prophecy of His coming, Isaiah 9:2 speaks of a great light being seen by those walking in the dark, and a light dawning on those living in the land of deep darkness. With this wonderful Light came new life and hope. The angels who proclaimed His birth spoke of it as good news of great joy, for all the people (Luke 2:10). For those who would receive Him, He would come and be with them, filling them with His light. Then they, in turn, would become lights in the darkness (Matthew 5:14).
If you have received Jesus, then you have true Light of the World living inside of you. His brightness shines through you, scattering the darkness. If you feel like you’re surrounded by the blackest night, fear not. The darker it is around you, the brighter your light shines, both illuminating both your way, and drawing others to your Heavenly Father. To your light will come nations, and kings to the brightness of your rising (Isaiah 60:3). Though everything around you grows dark, over you the Lord will arise, and upon you His glory will be seen (Isaiah 60:2)!
If you haven’t yet accepted the Light of the World into your life, do so today. He’s ready and waiting to come in and chase away the darkness. By dying for your sins at the cross, He accomplished all that was necessary for you to come to Him. Simply receive His gift of forgiveness, and invite Him into your heart today. Then you too will shine, reflecting His glory and brightness to a world that’s desperately in need of Him!