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August 30, 2012 / windlessly

Flickering in the Dark

candle in the dark

I love how consistent the Bible is. It’s reassuring and eye-opening every time I read a verse that connects perfectly to something I learned in the past.

In our youth group the other day, we were talking about the whole light imagery thing. Here’s a brief summary: light is warm, light is bright, it reveals all other things, it catches your attention, it is the opposite of dark, it is boundless. Likewise, Christians can be lights of the world by exhibiting the love of God to everyone, understanding and providing for people’s needs, being a loving ear, leading by example, having morals, and putting others before themselves.

My notes while coming to this conclusion:
1 John 1:5-7. God is the light, purified by Jesus. In Him we are lights.
Ephesians 5:8-14. God’s light is transformational. If we are his lights, it is our duty to do some of that transforming work.
Matthew 5:14-16. We are lights of the world- don’t put yourself under a bowl! haha
John 1:5-9. Light shines in darkness, but darkness cannot overcome the light.

And the verse I read this morning just made everything click in my mind- 2 Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed- always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”

We’re like the candle holder, simply the earthen material that holds God’s light (the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us). And like a candle in a dark room, darkness presses in on every side, but the light does not go out. I’m thinking about my own life and all the worries and stress that constantly bombards me. And yet I can still show God’s light. Flickering but not going out. Confused but not without hope. Hemmed in by the world but not forgotten. Challenged by the darkness but not extinguished. Like John 1:5-9, darkness will never be able to overcome the light. So I shouldn’t worry about my own life’s troubles, either.

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  1. stephen / Sep 4 2012 7:05 pm

    Not “worry” means “Do your best and let God take care of the outcome!”

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