“The Power of Light in Dark Places”

“The Power of Light in Dark Places”
Bishop Daniel Robertson, Jr.
Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries

The saying is definitely true:  You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.  I’ll admit I didn’t realize how much I depended on electricity, until I lost it.  Millions of people lost power as Hurricane Irene whipped over the East Coast.  During my 3 days of peanut butter sandwiches, night sweats, and getting dressed in the dark, I found comfort in knowing that power would one day come back.  I knew crews would eventually get to my neighborhood.  I knew I wouldn’t be in darkness forever.  This is how it feels to be a child of God.  No matter what dark places we go through (challenges, losses, or disappointments), God is our light!  He always provides a way out for his children.  My pastor uses the children of Israel to illustrate this point:

For many years the children of Israel were slaves to the Egyptians.  When the Egyptian rulers refused to let the Israelites go, the Lord sent 10 plagues to destroy Pharaoh and his people.  But, you’ll notice with each plague, God protected the children of Israel in the land called, Goshen.

Exodus 8:21-22 (NIV) Plague of Flies
“…If you do not let my people go, I will send swarms of flies on you and your officials, on your people and into your houses.  The houses of the Egyptians will be full of flies, and even the ground where they are.  But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the Lord, am in this land.”

Exodus 9:3-4 (NIV)  Plague on Livestock
“…’The hand of the Lord will bring a terrible plague on your livestock in the filed — on your horses and donkeys and camels and sheep and goats.  But the Lord will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and that of Egypt, so that no animal belonging to the Israelites will die.’ ”

Exodus 10:22-23 (NIV) Plague of Darkness
So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days.  No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days. Yet, all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.

If God is our light, that means those who don’t know Him are in a constant state of darkness.  What are you doing with your light?  Are you letting it shine wherever you go?  Ever notice how a candle shines brighter in darkness, than in light?  As Christians, we can’t just stay in church and only spend time with fellow believers.  We have to take our light everywhere — especially to those who don’t understand who Jesus is.

John 1:5 (NIV)
The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the say way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Something to think about: Where can you do a better job of letting your light shine?  At work?  At school?  In your family?  Letting your light shine doesn’t take hard work, it’s just a matter of showing love in all you do.  It’s as simple as that!

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