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Walk While You Have the Light

A Commentary by Constance Vanides

"Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, 'I am the light of the world. he who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.' " (John 8:12)

Blackout! We've all experienced a time when our electricity was shut off and we were in the dark, unable to see or make use of appliances made for survival and comfortable living.

Power shortage in California had become a major issue. Californians were told to prepare for scheduled "rolling blackouts", a time when no electricity would be made available for 2 to 3 hours.

Living in physical darkness, apprehensive as it may be, can never match the fear of life in spiritual darkness. We rely on electricity to turn on a light in our physical surroundings. What is it you trust to keep you personally going? Do you feel powerless to control yourself or the things around you?

Jesus says to us, "Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going." (John 12:35) Can we agree with the prophet who also said, "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined." ? (Isaiah 9:2)

As you sit in darkness, can you then say with David, "For You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord shall enlighten my darkness." ? (2 Sam. 22:29). Grab hold of God's promise, "Those who cry out to the Lord in trouble are brought out of their darkness." (Psalm 107:10-14) Truly, "God is light and in Him is no darkness at all." (1 John 1:5)

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