Focus on God

We use to sing a beautiful song called “The Light of the
World is Jesus”. Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world;
he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness but will
have the Light of life.” (John 8:12) When Jesus said this, he
was in the temple treasury where there were two large
lamps and many small lamps, brightly shining. In wisdom he
had just dealt with the Pharisees who had tested him.

In condemnation, they brought a woman caught in the act
adultery. Jesus, in perfect wisdom, as the Light of the
World, rightly
judged. He knew the hearts of the Scribes
and Pharisees. He also knew they had no interest in
righteousness but in condemning and destruction. All sin is
laid bare before the Light of the World, including the sin of
the Scribes and Pharisees.

The Light of the World does not condemn but brings
understanding. All of us have made choices to sin and turn
our backs on the Creator but he reaches out in
love. No one
can hide from his blinding knowledge of our waywardness.

He also knows everything about us and is equipped to shed
light on all that concerns us.

Have you ever asked God questions that start with “why”?
Job also had questions for God. Job lost his family, his
wealth and his health. Like all of us that experience pain
and loss, Job did not understand. In chapters 38-41 God
answers Job with a description of who he is. God did not
defend himself  by saying Satan asked to test Job.  Instead
God shed light on who he is. It's so complete and
overwhelming that Job said, “I have heard of You by the
hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You”. The Hebrew
word for “sees” is raah, which means that Job understood.
He had an “aha” moment!

We may not understand why things happen but the good
news is that God knows. He is all-knowing, all -powerful and
is loving, so we can fully trust him when life hits us in the

In a prophecy about the coming of Jesus Christ, Isaiah
wrote, “the people who walk in darkness will see a great
light”. (Isaiah 9:2) To know God, we look at Jesus. “He's
the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of
His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His
power.” (Hebrews 1:3)

Saul of Tarsus was on his way to Damascus. He had
ruthlessly targeted followers of Jesus.  “Suddenly a light
from heaven flashed around him; and he fell to the ground
and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul why are you
persecuting Me? And he said, who are you Lord? And He
said, I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.” (Acts 9:3-5)

Saul's name was changed to Paul and he changed into a
preacher of Jesus Christ. Years later, he wrote from a
Roman prison, “I count all things to be a loss in view of the
surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord for
whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them
rubbish so that I may gain Christ”. (Philippians 3:8)

Paul knew that following the Light of the World was far
greater than anything else. In his letter to the Colossian
church, Paul wrote that God “rescued us from the domain of
darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved
Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”.
(Colossians 1:13, 14)

Jesus Christ dispels darkness. I don't know about you, but I
want to walk in the light of his love.
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