“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
(1 John 1:7).
Where is the absolute safest place for you to be? If you said with Jesus; that’s absolutely correct! In the light! And this isn’t just about physical safety, as Jesus shows us clearly in (John 11). Let’s look ….
When Jesus said to His disciples “let us go into Judaea again” (John 11:7), shortly after hearing that His friend Lazarus was deathly sick, they urgently reminded Him what had happened the last time they were there. Jesus had been teaching, certain members of the Jewish religious leadership had gotten agitated and combative, and at one point “they picked up stones to throw at Him” (John 8:59).
Remember Lord …..
It had been a dark day, as they recalled … Not so long ago … big rocks, clenched fists …. “His disciples say unto Him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? (John 11:8).
Their question may sound reasonable to us, as it obviously did to them. Was Jesus really serious about going back to the mob scene in that place? But His answer, immediately given, sounds like the kind of reasoning you can build your whole life upon ….
“Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day?” Jesus was referring to twelve hours of sunshine, of physical daylight. “If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.” (11:9).
Everybody knows that, right? In the middle of the day, you can see exactly where you’re going. But by the same logic, what He said, applies spiritually as well: “But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.” (11:10). The “night” refers to sin and separation from God. And this light, in other words, is something we can actually carry around inside us ~ the light of Christ, the freedom of living in obedience to Him, submitting to His will …
When we’re walking in that light, nothing can truly hurt us ….
Of course, Jesus hadn’t forgotten about the rocks poised to throw at Him in Judea; the same ones in the same hands that could easily have been waiting there for Him again. He didn’t need His disciples to refresh His memory. But He did need to remind them what His Word continues to tell us … that when we are doing the will of God, when we are walking in the light of obedience, when we are submitting to His plans for us; no matter how frightening … we can keep going confidently forward into the future without fear. For if “anyone walks in the light, they will not stumble.”
Are you in the throes of a difficult decision that needs to be made? A choice between scary and safe? Between courageous and comfortable? Between unknown risks and better known security?
Well let me encourage you; the safest place for you is in the center of God’s will for you. Because when you’re walking in that light, you can do anything He leads you to do. You can stand up for truth without worrying about the fallout. You can make a big move without doubting He’ll take care of you. You can choose the harder thing to do, knowing it’s often the right thing to do, and then watch Him do an even bigger thing through you than if you’d stayed content hanging back in the dark ….
However, know that the center of God’s will is not necessarily an easy place, nor always the most convenient. But trust me, comfort and convenience are way overrated compared to partnering with God through obedience. Because when you walk in that light, nothing can truly hurt you as the bible says:
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” (Psalm 91:1,10-12).
The safest place for you is in the center of God’s will for you. Does living in the light guarantee your physical safety? Your spiritual safety? What’s the difference? How much does fear shape your decisions? All excellent questions to ponder and study this weekend. Ask the Holy Spirit today to show you an area in which you’re being held back by fear or an unhealthy addiction to comfort. Then you will be a light walker of the highest quality. Read the entire (Psalm 91) for encouragement this morning and cling to His promises of hope.
Let us pray ~
Father God, Your Word says if I “seek you early I shall find you” (Proverbs 8:17), so here I am seeking You….
Just as Jeaus shocked and stretched the disciples, so He continues to stretch me. He never pursued what was easy or convenient; He chose what is best … And in doing such; He showed us that the very best, safest place to be is in the will of God. Like Jesus … For Jesus …. With Jesus !!
I so desire to walk in the light of Jesus. Father; please give me the courage to let go of what is comfortable or convenient and choose to live and walk in the light. All this I ask and pray in the name of Jesus, Who is the light of the world (John 8:12) Amen ….
God is with us ….