Light & Darkness

Proverbs 4:18-19

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day. The way of the wicked is like darkness ; They do not know over what they stumble.

One thing you learn when you are a child is that you cannot look directly at the sun.  It is just too much for your eyes to take.  With that said, you can look at indirectly or partially obscured by the clouds.  You also can see and feel the effects of it all around you.  In fact, it is impossible to get away from it, even at night (when the sun’s light is reflected off the moon).

I think this is a wonderful metaphor for the Lord himself.  (And I’ve always been amused by the English parallel between “the Son” and the sun – but that’s another topic for another day)  I’m convinced that we cannot see the fullness of God because as mortal beings, we don’t have the capacity to understand him.  The full measure of the Lord would be too much for us to process – even from a conceptual standpoint.  And emotionally it would be destroying (see the verse in Isaiah where he falls to his knees and exclaims that he is a man of unclean lips).

However, what is beautiful about our walk with God is that he does reveal himself to us little by little as we become more and more ready to see him.  Or said another way, the process of sanctification is constrained only by our ability to be sanctified.

On the flipside is the metaphor of darkness – or the lack of light.  When one does not have the light of Christ, they stumble through life grasping at whatever is around them but they can’t even see what it is they are stumbling over.  Without an eternal perspective, they can’t see why it is wrong to do what they feel like doing and they don’t see the consequences of their decisions.

One of the neat things about this metaphor is that it has several layers.  One of my favorites is the fact that light obliterates darkness.  Switch on a light in a dark room and the darkness vanishes.  The opposite is not true.  You cannot create darkness in a lighted room without removing the light source.

So let us rejoice for the light of the Lord which shines before us.  Let us follow the path he lights at our feet and pray for that sun to burn brighter and brighter as we progress in our walk.  Let us remove the obstacles in our life that create shadows and let us reflect his light to those around us.

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