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.