Shine The Light
by Matt Smith
Have you ever spent much time in total darkness? As a hunter, my normal day spent afield will start with a walk into the woods in the dark. When I have set up a stand in a somewhat unfamiliar spot, I have often used the aid of “bright-eyes”, which are reflective thumbtacks that I would have stuck into the side of trees that will reflect brightly when the light of my flashlight hits them in the dark. So I would follow a trail in to some marker I would have left on the side of the trail, which would indicate to me that I need to then start looking for my bright-eyes to help guide me to my stand. Unfortunately, I can think of several times in which my bright-eye spacing was obviously too great and I have spent many anxious moments frantically shining my light around to try to locate either the bright-eyes or my tree stand. So while I have never been truly “lost”, even the idea of not knowing exactly where I was in the dark is definitely enough to get my heart pumping and definitely causes me to look forward to the first beams of morning light.
Our passage today reminds us of the difference of being in the dark verses the light. In 2 Corinthians 4:4 we read, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” Paul says that the unbelievers are blinded and are walking in darkness. However, unlike my example of being in the darkness in the woods, the vast majority of unbelievers are not aware of the darkness they are in. In fact, many of them would consider us Christians to be the ones who are blinded, whereas they would consider themselves to have been “enlightened”. Truly the god of this world has done a masterful job blinding the hearts of those who walk in darkness!
However, we also see the remedy for those who walk in darkness in verse 6, which says, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” The answer for the blindness of an unbelieving heart is a supernatural work of the Spirit of God in which He shines the light of the gospel into one’s heart, stripping away the blinders of darkness that Satan has over their eyes. I rejoice in the fact that light IS greater than darkness and that He has done this work in my life. May we do our part in shining the light of the gospel into our dark world today!
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