The past week’s reading in the One Year Bible was exciting! Amazing things are happening – Saul visits the witch of Endor, Jesus raises Lazarus, and David meets Bathsheba. In John, Jesus arrives in Jerusalem. And it is what he said there that spoke to me the most.
Jesus replied, ‘My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.’ – John 12:35-36
This passage is talking about Jesus and his time on earth. This was an incredible opportunity for the disciples. Imagine being able to walk with Jesus and hear him speak and see the miracles he performed firsthand!
But as wonderful as this time had been it could not last. As Jesus speaks to his disciples in Jerusalem he is very aware of that fact. While there are many layers to this passage the first thing that occurred to me is that he is encouraging them to make the most of the remaining time they have with him.
Jesus compares the time they have with him to walking in the light.
Because I believe that the Bible is not only a historical document but the living Word of God this passage reminds me that light is available to us as well. Right here in this dark and fallen world.
To me light is the perfect analogy for our personal walk with Jesus. Light illuminates. It makes it possible to see where we are going. It gives us the clarity which is the hallmark of the Christian faith.
That light shines brightest when we talk to Jesus, when we are in the Word, when we are open to the Holy Spirit. It is an incredible opportunity but time is just as finite for us as it was to the disciples.
This is especially relevant for me.
I have been busy and distracted over the past week. I fell behind in my One Year Bible study, prayed sporadically, missed Church last weekend and, if not for a dream, would have missed Wednesday night Bible study as well. This is unfortunate because these activities are not chores – they are opportunities which are far too valuable to waste!
Heavenly Father. Thank you for reaching out to me this past week. Forgive me for putting other things before you. Please help me to keep my life in balance and always remember that you come first. Help me to remember to seek out the light so that darkness will not overtake me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Next Week’s One Year Bible Readings
2 Samuel 12:1-31
2 Samuel 13:1-39
2 Samuel 14:1-15:22
2 Samuel 15:23-16:23
2 Samuel 17:1-29
2 Samuel 18:1-19:10
2 Samuel 19:11-20:13
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