Fathers want the best for their children. Most of all, fathers want happiness for them.
My father, a gospel preacher for more than 30 years, always wanted me to be a preacher. My first name came as a result of my father’s love of scripture. His vision for me was to become like Jesus and develop a love of the truth so that I might be saved and proclaim the gospel to others. Continue reading “As shining lights”
As we descended farther into the cave, the natural light grew dimmer until the only light that reached our eyes was artificial. It was then that the tour guide gathered us and had all light extinguished. As our eyes scoured our surroundings for light, a small match was produced. When the match head ignited, the whole room seemed filled with light. So it is that in the midst of great darkness, the smallest hint of light shines like the brightness of the sun.
Following the first sin in the garden, mankind’s relationship with God changed swiftly and drastically. The first murder was committed by Cain against his own brother (Genesis 4). It was not long before “the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5 ESV). Imagine a world where every thought is bent toward wickedness, and every deed is depraved.
This is the generation among whom Noah lived. A generation whose obscene conduct caused God to be grieved (Genesis 6:6). A generation whose darkness caused God to want to start all over. “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD” (Genesis 6:8), for Noah was a “righteous man” (Genesis 6:9).
Continue reading “A Light in the darkness”
Have you ever bumped your toe, banged your knee, or walked into a wall? I’m not talking about pain that comes from being a walking phone-zombie, but rather from the blindness that comes about from walking in the dark. Walking without sight presents great challenges. Those with good eyesight only experience those challenges rarely. But those experiences provide great lessons for us. It should not surprise us that God uses the physical realities of blindness to teach far more important spiritual lessons.
Jesus healed the physically blind as proof that he could give sight to those who were spiritually blind (John 9:1-7). The blind receiving their sight was one of the signs demonstrating he was the Messiah (Luke 7:22).
Jesus is the light of the world (John 1:5-9; 8:12). He came to shine light into the darkness (John 12:46), so that we might see where we are going (John 12:35), and not stumble (John 11:10). Continue reading “The Value of vision”
The Bible begins with the creation of light by a word from God, Genesis 1.3. It ends with a mention of the light of God, tying it with the privilege of his people reigning forever: “Night will be no more, and they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever” Revelation 22.5.
Light is important as a Bible theme because:
1. God is light, 1 John 1.5
Light comes into being as a result of God’s power. The creation started with light. God spoke and it existed. Its creation before the heavenly bodies speaks to its nature as emanating from God. We speak, rightly so, of the moon not having its own light but only reflecting the light of the sun. Similarly, no heavenly body — sun or stars — has, in one true sense, any light of its own. God put them there. He caused them to exist and to shine. He is the only real source of light. Continue reading “Light from beginning to end”
Sin is pure evil and completely antithetical to God and goodness. It corrupted the world by birthing sin and putting Christ on the cross (Romans 5:6-12).
Throughout Scripture, darkness represents sin and light signifies righteousness (Isaiah 9:2; John 8:12; Acts 26:18).
“God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5, NKJV). Continue reading “Surprising benefits of spiritual darkness”
It may come as a surprise that gardens are not always methodically planned and executed. Some plants may not thrive while others overgrow their intended borders. The scene is constantly changing, even with diligent effort. Continue reading “Influenced, or influential?”
God provides choices, and we must choose carefully because our answer has eternal consequences. Continue reading The Word and the Way
Walking in the Light is the only choice… Continue reading Follow the Son
Satan will never leave us alone as long as we are committed to Christ. He will use whatever means at his disposal to pull as away from the Lord. He is the father of lies (John 8:44) and the master seducer (Genesis 3:1-8; Ephesians 6:11).
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12, NKJV).
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
In Proverbs, Solomon portrays Satan as a smooth talker. Understanding his battle plan will help us repel his attacks (James 4:7). By listening to God, we can construct a healthy environment where we can dwell with him and be safe from most of the dangers of this world (1 John 1:10). Continue reading “The great seducer”