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Blinded By the Light


Have you seen the commercial that shares about a product that takes blinding light from the sun and it filters out the light so you can see better?  It is a pretty cool “light shade” and in the commercial they show a person a screen and all they can see is a blank screen with bright light on it.  They pull down the light filter and all of a sudden they can see clearly things in front of them they couldn’t see before.  Those people exclaim “It’s like magic!”  Look at the scripture below and see what it says to you about Gods’ light.

1 John 2:8 On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining. 9 The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. 10 The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

The light of Jesus is not meant to blind us by painfully shining in our eyes and causing us to stumble, but light the way for us in our walk in life.  The light is meant to show God’s glory in all situations and thus encourage all believers that God is near and working.  In fact, God’s glory cannot be diminished just because we refuse to let it shine in our lives.  C.S. Lewis wrote – “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word “darkness” on the walls of his cell.”

Back to the shade mentioned in the commercial.  The shade is meant to lesson the light so we can make out the images that the light rubs out.  Of course, we are so nosy, as believers we want to know and see everything, but God in his infinite love shines His light and glory so much to keep us from seeing all of the bad that is waiting for us and it makes us trust Him more.   In my nosiness I forget to just trust God and let Him work out the details, so I diffuse his light in my sight so I can grasp the things around me.  Then I realize I don’t really want answers to those things and I can only grasp a portion of what is going on.  The rest is answered in faith.  Paul wrote this word to the church at Corinth in 1 Corinthians 13:9-10 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.  We don’t know everything and that is the way it should be and that is where our faith becomes sight.  Our mortal is becoming immortality. 

2 Corinthians 5:4-7  4 For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. 6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight

We must trust God in all things and realize that we don’t know all, but He does ,and that is ok.  Our faith is perfected in serving Christ and in the works we do because of that faith.  James wrote it like this in James 2:18 But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” 19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?  I don’t try to analyze why God is doing a certain thing, but just trust Him and let his glorious light outshine the details that might cause fear in my heart and trust Him.

So I am saying “it is ok to be blinded by His light” and just keep on going.  In time God will show us all what was going on in the circumstances in our life and we shall see that He had it all under control the whole time.  I don’t need the why.  I just need the who and He is the great I AM!!

The Pilgrimage continues…..

David Warren

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