Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well, and that this devotion finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy!
Readings for March 14, 2021; Fourth Sunday in Lent
Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-9; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3:19-21
Ever since my grand-daughter could walk, she has loved to hide. The first time she hid on me, I truly thought I had lost her. I ran around the house frantic and screaming her name, thinking the worst. How could a one year old disappear? Where could a one year old go? I was a basket case.
On another occasion, I remember myself, her Mom, her Aunt, and her older brother all running around the house looking for her. Of course the worst case scenarios ran through our heads: Did she get out onto the balcony? Did she get outside and head towards the road, or worse, towards the lake? Oh the fears and terrors we experienced at the thought of losing her.
Well, I have come to learn, now that she is two and a half years old, that this little habit of hiding has got to do with a little desire to be alone, in the dark, while she does her business – numero dos. I have also learned where her favourite hiding spots are: under the steps or inside bedroom closets with the door closed and behind the hanging clothes. The quietest and darkest places in the house, where no one can see her and she can have her utmost privacy. She is a stinker! …Literally!
Although we can snicker at my grand-daughter’s actions, it really shines a light on the truth of today’s scripture. Yes, when left to our own nature, we would prefer to do our deeds in the dark where no one can see us, and where we feel that we don’t need to be accountable. Perhaps you know people who act like my grand-daughter; always sneaking around in the dark and behind people’s backs, doing things they know they shouldn’t do; doing things that ultimately hurt themselves and their loved ones. But to do them in the light would show their weakness, their sinfulness, their filth. So they continue to hide; to be alone in the dark… or so they think.
But, may I encourage you to come out of the dark and into the light. For you are not hidden. Nothing you do is hidden from the Lord, just as David proclaimed:
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139:7-12
Yes, come out of the dark and into his light. Go to Jesus, repent of your ways, and come out of the dark. Leave your sins at the cross and let Christ’s light not only eliminate the darkness around you but let him cleanse your whole being. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:17) In Jesus’ light, you are shiny and new; you are cleansed from all the filth that was yours while in the dark. Then go and share the light of Christ with those that are stuck in the darkness and do not know of a way out.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me to live in your light. When I am tempted to go into the dark, please come and shine your light on me. You are the light of the world! You are the light of my life! In your name alone I pray. AMEN!