LIGHT GIVES SIGHTBy: Darrelyn L. TuttLight is a necessary traveling companion;with it we see so much and without it we see not at all.Vital to adventure and journey, we value light as a navigating source, compass, and comfort.There's nothing like a ray of light streaming into a dark room to transmit hope to the soul;nothing like the experience and warmth of sun touching a cold, damp body;nothing like directive guidance to a soul that's lost.Light is essential for adventure.-------And God said, 'Let there be light and there was light."Genesis 1:3In truth I don't know how the creation account could read any other way since God Himself is light. In my mind, I imagine God's presence to be the great illumination factor that, word spoken or not, the whole place would've been lit up on account of His presence.God is the essence of light;and wherever He is there is light.Not surprisingly, when the children of Israel were led out of the land of slavery in which they had been subject for 400 years, light was the essential qualifier of God's presence, provision, and promise to them.Light separated them, divided them, and encompassed them on the entire journey into the Promised Land."And they took their journey from Succoth and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness. And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them by the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light, to go by day and night. He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night from before the people."Exodus 13:20-22--------Light is needed, in like manner, in our lives, and true adventure happens when God and His Spirit are vital participants in it.To walk with Him is to be "light empowered" and to walk without Him is to experience the "darkest hour."Any attempt at adventure apart from Christ is fruitless darkness.The patriarchs knew it, the Israelites knew it, the enemy knew it, and God wants us to know it. How connected we are to "Light" is, in the end, how courageously and expressively we live out true adventure in our lives.Be situated in light and be saturated by it.Soak up the Son, be absorbed in Light,and find yourself engaged in true adventure."God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all."1 John 1:5----------THREE STUDY EMPOWERMENTS:1) Read Exodus 13-15 and 1 John 1 in one sitting. Record three words that empower and bring joy to adventure.Here are mine:Pillar. Light. Fire.These words "light a fire" in me and spark enthusiasm on my journey.They're worshipful words that bring me to my knees.Christ my Pillar. Christ my Light. Christ my Fire.Repetitively speak "your" chosen words into your present situation and experience true Light.-------2) Reflect on a season of life where you experienced deep darkness.Record the duration of the journey and the feelings and thoughts you experienced in it. Reflect now, with heavier consideration, on what and who drew you out of this darkness.What hopeful message is contained in this?What individuals projected rays of light, life, and hope to you?Take time to thank one.-------3) Name three characters in the Bible who had an encounter with light.Read and reflect carefully on these Spirit-filled encounters and allow them to enlighten you.My selections:-Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 9.)-The Shepherds keeping watch in the fields (Luke 2.)-Abraham being given the promise (Genesis 15:5.)Allow the warmth and light of these individuals to enlighten and brighten your own adventure; and be a tender ray of light transmitting hope to another.Light gives sight ...and leads to adventure and joy on the journey.-------
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