The Light of life
“For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light” — Psalm 36:9
Ever stopped to consider that it is not sight that enables man to see, but light? Put yourself in a hall of utter darkness and determine this principle for yourself. You will soon determine that the table and chairs were discovered through a bruised knee or paining toe than by observing them, and you learned about the toy on the floor when stumbling to the ground. Furthermore, in none of these darkened discoveries was light shed on the subject. What wood was the table and chairs? What colour was the toy? Indeed, unless light be given to the eyes of man, he remains blind even though he can see. The spiritual follows the principle of the physical, and man remains blinded to the principles, precepts and revelations of the Living God unless the light of heaven’s glory rend the veil of blackness that blinds the eyes from perceiving and, thus, receiving the truth of our blessed Lord.
Is it not significant that without light we would not survive, or even exist? Is it not further significant that without light our food source would not grow? What then would become of our spiritual condition should it be left in total darkness, and what would be the condition of our spiritual food should it not be nourished by the true, life-giving light that comes down from heaven’s abode? It is God who gives us light to see, and it is God who enables us to see the light of life. The world walks in darkness, although it need not – for light has come into the world, but men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For the believer, who has been brought into His glorious light, what then does darkness do? It divides. Issues in a believer’s life that would not be desired for brethren to know about, is this not darkness? Does this not represent sin and evil deeds? Is this not an affront to God and a hindrance in our walk with the Lord, and a block in our fellowship with the saints? This does not mean that it is wisdom to expose oneself to every person who is a believer, but it represents an aspect of walking in light or darkness. It is well with our souls when we continually seek the things of the light, and request our God to reveal to us those areas in our lives which constitute or breed darkness, and to enable us to eradicate them. For in the dark and secret places does evil, rot and illness fester and grow, but once exposed to the light, it can be dealt with and overcome by the light of life – for God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.
Is it any small wonder that Jesus said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”? Is it not interesting that in the beginning darkness was upon the face of the deep, and then God said, “Let there be light: and there was light [on the first day].” Yet this light was not from the sun, for the sun was only created on the fourth day. What light was this then? Where did it come from? The Apostle John tells us, “And the city (New Jerusalem) had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb (Jesus) is the light thereof.” When time began there was light, and when time ends there will be light – the true light that is of God alone. Dearly beloved saint of God, let us, therefore, walk in the light, as He is in the light, that we may have fellowship one with another, and that the blood of Jesus Christ His Son may cleanseth us from all sin. And he who desires true life, let him seek the true source thereof – the light of life, Jesus!