Lest. . .

Even people who aren’t afraid of the dark prefer the light for important work.

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John 12:35 – Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

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Have you ever met someone who was afraid of the dark?  I have, and they are very uncomfortable where there’s no light.  I’ve also worked with people who dealt with high explosives, and I can tell from experience, when you work with high explosives, you don’t want to be working in the dark.  You want all the light you can get.  With that in mind, read our Text for Today once again.  Jesus, the light of the world, is talking about one of the most explosive arenas in which one can work …. the kingdom of God.  It is power filled and carries the authority and ability to work the most powerful works a person can imagine.

In our Text for Today is one of the most powerful warnings anyone can find in the Scriptures, and the power of that warning can be seen, not only in the context of the entire verse, but in one word.  That word is the MIDDLE word of Jesus’ saying in this verse.  In the King James Version of this verse, Jesus speaks 31 words.  The 16th word, “lest,” is the word to which I refer.   Let me make it as simple as possible.  Jesus is saying that we should walk in, work in, live in the light to prevent us from coming to a time of walking, working, and living in darkness.  Stated from another viewpoint, He is saying that if we DO NOT walk in, work in, and live in the light while we have it, that WE WILL COMEto a place where we will walk in darkness.  Then He further explains that when one walks in darkness, he/she doesn’t know where he/she is going.  And that, my friend, is a terrible place to be in this world.  Oh how it saddens the heart to realize that most human beings in our planet today are walking in darkness, and many of them are Christians.  Too numerous to count are the people who have accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord, but are not walking in the light of His Word.  They call Him Lord, but do not walk in obedience to His Word.  They are in darkness.  It should be obvious to us that the lost are in darkness, but what is so staggering is that many who should be leading those in darkness to the light are themselves walking in the darkness.

Pray, my friend, pray, that the eyes of the understanding of believers who are walking in darkness would be enlightened that they might see their own way out, and in so doing, illuminate the paths of those who are not only IN the darkness, but the darkness is IN them.  And pray that the Lord of the harvest would send forth laborers into His harvest.  The fields are waiting. 

Manna for Today – John 12:27-35; John 15:7; Mark 11:22-24; Isaiah 55:11

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