A Trick of the Light

We live on the shore of one of Ontario’s Great Lakes.  As spring arrives, we have been watching the changing face of the lake. This winter, due to below average temperatures, nearly 95% of our huge lake was covered in ice. So we have been anxiously awaiting the spring thaw. Last week, it appeared that most of the shore ice had melted. Then after one windy day, all the shoreline was covered in ice again!

In our new home, we can see a wedge of the lake from our kitchen window. Yesterday, we could still see a lot of ice. This morning, when I looked out the window, the lake looked like blue water all the way to the horizon. I thought ‘amazing’ and ‘yippee’! But lo and behold, when I looked out the window 10 minutes later, I could see a ship making it’s way through a wide strip of white ice! I could not understand how the lake was clear of ice one minute and thick with it the next! So I stood and stared out my window while doing my best Grinch impression –  “And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.” While I was standing there, I noticed that the quality of sunlight was changing as clouds passed by. As the light changed, so did the look of the lake. One minute it was blue and blended into the horizon and in the next change of light, the sun shone on the ice pack that is still covering deeper water. A trick of the light had fooled me into thinking that all the ice had melted.

We can also be fooled by ‘a trick of the light’ in our spiritual lives as well. We may think that something is light and truth when it is not.

God is Light.

1Jn 1:5 And this is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.

As God’s son, Jesus partakes of his Heavenly Father’s nature, so that Jesus is also Light.

God’s Word tells us that John the Baptist traveled around to tell people about a coming Light.

Joh 1:7 This one came as a witness, to bear witness concerning the Light, so that all might believe through him.

Jesus told the people that he is the Light of whom John spoke.

Joh 8:12 Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 

Jesus is called ‘the true Light’.

Joh 1:9 He was the true Light; He enlightens every man coming into the world.

It is important to note that John wrote that Jesus was the ‘true’ Light. That would seem to suggest that there is a ‘false’ light operating in this world as well. The Bible tells us that it is Satan, the devil, who is able to appear as an angel of light. (note I said ‘appear’ as in ‘makes it look like but not really’)

2Co 11:14 Did not even Satan marvelously transform himself into an angel of light?

And even Satan’s ministers of evil, the fallen angels, can appear as angels of righteousness.

2Co 11:15 So it is no great thing if his servants make themselves seem to be servants of righteousness; whose end will be the reward of their works. (BBE)

Satan, who is known as the god (little ‘g’) of this wicked world, uses cunning deception to blind people to being able to see the true Light, which is in Christ Jesus.

2Co 4:3,4 But also if our gospel is hidden, it is hidden to those being lost, in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving ones, so that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ (who is the image of God) should not dawn on them.

Satan also uses people to spread false light. God’s Word warns us to be on the alert for such people.

Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Mar 13:5,6 And Jesus answering them began to say, Beware that no one deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I AM, and shall deceive many.

We are warned not to be spreaders of false light.

Luk 11:35 Therefore take heed that the light in you is not darkness.

God will deal with those who spread false light.

Job 18:5 Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

So how can we avoid being taken in by ‘a trick of the light’? We avoid being fooled by spending time reading and studying the Word of God and learning the truth about Jesus, who he is and what he did for us.

Joh 8:31,32 Then Jesus said to the Jews who believed on Him, If you continue in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

We avoid being fooled by putting behind us our sinful life and walking in the light of the truth contained in God’s Word.

Eph 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light

And we become sons of Light by believing in Jesus, the true Light.

Joh 12:36 While you have the Light, believe in the Light so that you may become sons of Light.

I pray that you will not be deceived by ‘a trick of the light’ but that you will know, acknowledge and accept The True Light – Jesus Christ.

Blessings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Thing

This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of my first date with my husband. I drove across the province for eight hours, half of that through completely new territory for me. In many ways, it was like a blind date because while we had been communicating with one another for nine months, we had never before been together.

All the way across the province is a looonnnggg way to go for a date! Talk about nervous! If the date didn’t work out – you couldn’t just leave and go home.

Thankfully, we ‘got along like a house on fire’ from the first moment and a little over a year later, we got married. We are still ‘getting along like a house on fire’.

My husband is a wonderful man and I thank God every day for bringing us together. I would love to say that my hubby is “The Best Thing” that ever happened to me, but that wouldn’t be the truth. At least, it wouldn’t be the most accurate truth. In the worldly scheme of things, my hubby IS  “The Best Thing” that every happened to me. He is my very best friend, my lover, my protector, my provider, my soul-mate. He is the second finest man that I have ever known.

You see, in all truth, my hubby is up against some serious competition for the title of “Best Thing To Have Ever Happened To Me”. For in as much as my husband loves me and I love him, I have to confess that “The Best Thing” that ever happened to me was my salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. God, through His son Jesus, showed me what REAL love is. God is my ultimate protector and provider. Jesus is my true very best friend and the only man whom I have known that is finer than my husband.

I drove eight hours across a province to find my earthly “The Best Thing” but Jesus crossed the boundary from life unto death to give me an eternal “The Best Thing”.

I am so eternally grateful to God that I get to enjoy, not just one, but two of “The Best Things In Life” – my salvation and my husband!

I pray that you too will know “The Best Thing”  – Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

Blessings

Rom 8:38,39 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Chasing The Light

IMG_0798 (800x600)My cat, Emma, can usually be found in one of three places – at the foot of my side of the bed watching the birdies at the feeder, cat-napping in her window sill bed or distributing fur on my lap. The other day, I realized that I had not seen or heard her for a while so I called out to her, but she did not come running at the musical sound of my voice. So I went looking for her and finally found her laying on the floor at the foot of the bookcase in the spare room. Now, I know that Emma is clever but I didn’t think that she had developed a sudden passion to read, so I wondered what made her choose that unlikely location. Then I noticed that she was sitting in the sunbeam that was streaming from the spare room window.

Later on in the day, I found her dozing at the end of my hubby’s side of the bed, once again having selected a spot of sunshine in which to luxuriate.  As the day wore on, Emma moved to two other locations in the living room, leaving a trail of white fur in her wake as she moved.

I wondered what had prompted her to continuously disturb her dozing when I suddenly realized that she had been chasing the sunshine from room to room and spot to spot as the sunlight moved around the house. She knew where warmth and comfort could be found and she followed it’s source.

I think that there is a great spiritual lesson to be found in following Emma’s example of chasing the light.

John the Baptist went around telling people of the coming of someone who was The Light.

Joh 1:6,7 There was a man sent from God; his name was John. This one came as a witness, to bear witness concerning the Light, so that all might believe through him.

Jesus told us that he was, and is, the Light that John was talking about.

Joh 8:12 Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. 

We are told that in that Light, there is life.

Joh 1:4 In Him [Jesus] was life, and the life was the light of men.

Natural sunlight can be diminished or blocked by clouds, dust storms, forest fires and even the moon. The natural phases of day and night mean that we don’t have sunlight 24 hours a day. Candles and light bulbs burn out. But the Light of Jesus does not succumb to darkness; it is an everlasting light.

Joh 1:5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it.

A friend of mine recently related an experience that she had when she went on a tour of an under ground mine. I have also been on the same tour so I have also shared in that experience. The tour guide takes you down into one of the tunnels and then turns off all the lights. The darkness is absolutely complete; you can not see your hand right in front of your nose. It is so dark, it feels like a thick, heavy blanket being wrapped around your head – almost suffocating in intensity. It is not something that you would wish to experience for very long!

Living a life without Jesus can be like sitting in that deep, black darkness of the tunnel. But Jesus tells us that if we follow him, we do not have to live in darkness.

Joh 8:12 Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

 

If you are a person who practices (makes it a lifetime habit) truth (the only truth as set out by God) then you will find and live in the light Jesus of which Jesus spoke.

Joh 3:21 But he who practices truth comes to the Light so that his works may be revealed, that they exist, having been worked in God.

People who do not wish to follow the truth of God, as seen in the life of Jesus, are people who live in darkness. They are like mole rats who never see the light of day, are hairless, wrinkled, ugly and live in toxic environments. Jesus called people who choose to live in darkness – evil.

Joh 3:19, 20 And this is the condemnation, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

Jesus calls us to be followers of his light. When we follow Jesus, who is light, we become sons of light.

Joh 12:35, 36 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while the Light is with you. Walk while you have the Light, lest darkness come upon you. For he who walks in darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the Light, believe in the Light so that you may become sons of Light. Jesus spoke these things and departed and was hidden from them.

Emma chases sunlight – I chase Son Light. I invite you to join me in chasing The Light.

1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Blessings