LIGHT IN THE DARK
We’re good at encountering Jesus, but we’re even better at forgetting Him”
– Holy Spirit
Solar lights need sunlight to shine in the dark. Without the energy from the sunlight, there would be no light for them to produce. This rang true for me one night as I wondered why a few of my solar lights were having a harder time coming on at night. Out of six lights, I was having trouble with two of them. I thought to myself, is this a user error (If you know me, that would be your first guess). A few nights later, I noticed all six lights were putting out light. I hadn’t done anything differently; I didn’t move them or readjust them in any way. So, what was different? The difference was the lights got the energy they needed from the sunlight to produce light. What I have come to realize is the sun has to be cast a certain way throughout the day for the lights in that section to catch enough sunlight to produce the light needed once the dark comes. The same is true for us spiritually. I will often have people come to me feeling distant from God and in a funk spiritually. The first thing I ask them is, “Have you been in the Word?” “Have you been spending time with the Lord?” They always respond with, “No, I haven’t lately.” Not much has changed over the last several thousand years as God’s people have been doing this since the beginning of time. If you look back in Deuteronomy, you will see the Israelites doing what we are all so capable of doing… and that’s forgetting God. You see, the Israelites had long awaited to enter the Promised Land (the story we all have heard about growing up in Sunday school). Finally, after years of waiting, God was about to bring them out of captivity. But out of all of the things God could have had Moses warn the people of, He reminds them of the following:
5 See, I have taught you decrees, and laws as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. 6 Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”
9 Only be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
23 Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden. 24 For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. 29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
God knows humanity all too well. He knows that often we only call on Him when we need something. After we get it, we tend to forget about Him. That’s what the Israelites ended up doing, and that’s what we still do today. The essentials to a Christian (God’s Word, living by the power of the Holy Spirit, remaining in God’s promises) is the energy to our hearts. Without it, we stay in darkness. Without remaining in the essentials of God, we tend to forget God. I don’t know about you, but I know I’ve been too good at forgetting God soon after He has come through for me. I wonder if that could be said of your life? How often does God answer your prayers, only for you to forget afterwards? Jesus is too good of a Savior to be forgetting about Him.
Remain in the essentials of God (His Word, His Spirit & His Promises)
Don’t let what God has done in your life fade from your heart. Notice Deuteronomy 4:9 says, “As long as you live,” not when you feel like it or until you reach a certain age, but as long as you live to remember the goodness of God.
- If your life was a solar light, would it be getting enough energy (essentials of God) from the sun to produce light once the dark hits?
- What does essential mean? How are God’s Word, God’s spirit, and God’s promises essential to the life of a Christian?
- What are some similarities between the Israelites and Christians of today?
- How often do you tend to forget the ways God has come through for you?
- What are some ways God has answered prayers in your own life? Take a minute to think through all the ways God has blessed you.