Voice From the Pew

Don’t Walk in Darkness

            Recently in our Ladies Bible Study we discussed John 8:12 which reads as follows, “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world.  If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

            “But if we are walking in the light, as God is the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)

Why do we walk in the light? I don’t know about you, but sign me up for walking in the light that leads to life.  Sign me up for fellowship with each other and more importantly, sign me up for cleansing from all sin.

These two verses contain promises with  conditions.  Read them again. In the first verse having the light that leads to life is “if” we follow Him.  In the second verse our sins are forgiven “if” we walk in the light.  Jesus is that light and He plainly says so in John 8:12.

So, clearly our best bet is to keep on walking in the light that is Jesus.  It begs the question, “what does it look like to walk in   darkness?”  In class some of the ladies shared    experiences about being deep in a cave where there was total absence of light and spoke of someone who commented, well, I’ve “seen”  enough of not being able to “see” anything.

“The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble.” (Proverbs 4:19)

“I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, in paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them and rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, And I will not leave them undone.” (Isaiah 42:16)

“These men turn from the right way to walk down dark paths and they take pleasure in doing what is wrong and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil.” (Proverbs 2:13-14)

“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)

When we walk in darkness our relationship with God is broken and that is something to be avoided at all costs.  I urge you, dear ones, to head toward that light that is Jesus and make your home there.  Do it now.  Do it for heaven’s sake and your own.

The View from Peggy’s Pew