God’s light is our guide through this life.
Today I want us to focus on the letter Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus. We are often told to walk in the light rather than darkness in Scripture. This verse in Ephesians alone is a wealth of information to bring this subject to light. Pun intended. 😌
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” (Ephesians 5:14, KJV)
This verse was the start of a new study for me several months ago. I knew as I was praying for a loved one that God’s Spirit was directing me to pray this verse over that person. This led me to an in-depth study of light. We all know that Jesus is referred to as the light many times throughout Scripture, but I was sensing God’s Spirit taking me deeper.
The book of Ephesians is written to the church at Ephesus, so therefore we know these people were believers. God wasn’t calling them out of the darkness which blinds us from the truth of accepting Christ as our personal savior. In this case, He was referring to the darkness of the world and how the believers were falling into such darkness even after they had given their lives to Christ. We choose Christ and then most of us walk as faithful as we know how, but how many of us are still partaking of the world’s ways and allowing those dark places to influence our daily walk? It’s not a pointing of the finger here, I believe Paul was saying it is something we all deal with, as believers.
We Are Without Excuse
As verse 8 tells us, we were all in darkness but now we are God’s children of light. We are responsible for walking in this light constantly and forsaking the darkness. This is a choice we all must make. Either we want to walk in the light or in the darkness. Jesus tells us that if we are lukewarm He will spit us out. There is no room for error here. We must choose His light and forsake the darkness. As believers, we are called to be a representation of Jesus and His light. If we are still partaking of the dark places of this world then what kind of a living epistle (II Corinthians 3:2) are we? This will only bring confusion to the lost and not a true freedom in Christ.
Light Versus Darkness
In verse eleven, God’s Spirit directs Paul to tell the Ephesians that they are to “have NO fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Ephesians 5:11, KJV) . And then proceeds to tell us there is shame even in speaking of these things of darkness. Are we hiding our eyes to this darkness rather than exposing it? Are we partakers of it, as well? In verse 13 we are told, all things will be exposed by the light. This is truth. The things the world and the enemy are trying to say are okay but go against Scripture is a lie of the darkness. Grabbing a hold of God’s light and letting it be our guide is of utmost importance. How many books and movies and even cartoons are out for our children to read and watch which is full of sorcery. Are those cartoons that speak of magic really as innocent as we have been led to believe? Is this not a subtle tactic of the darkness which has drawn many in? Will we continue to turn our heads or be partakers? Paul is telling us here that the light will prove and make manifest the darkness. I don’t want to be in darkness. Do you?
God’s Light Is His Wisdom
During my study on God’s light, I came across an article that caused me to look at light from another angle. God’s light is his wisdom. The priest in Daniel would write down their requests for God’s wisdom to be spoken to them in their dreams and then place it under their pillow or mattress. They felt that for God’s Spirit to speak He needed to remove the mind and physical body. As crazy as this sounds to most of us, I do have an experience with this which I have found interesting for many years, but especially after reading this article. I have had type 1 diabetes for thirty-nine years and because of this, have often dealt with low blood sugars in which I was still conscious but not fully engaged in what might be going on around me. Numerous times during these low blood sugars God has spoken clearly to me. It may seem strange, but it has happened several times. Did these priests know something that we do not by seeing the importance of our spirit alone communing with God’s Holy Spirit without interference?
Practical Instructions For Walking In The Light
God never gives us a command without direction. In the verses which follow verse 14, we are given practical instructions for how to walk in the light. We are first told to walk wisely. Wisdom comes from The Lord and He gives it freely. “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5, HCSB). God will lead us in whatever circumstance we are in. Next, we are instructed to be serious about our time and make the most of every opportunity we have to do good. This can involve serving others in many different ways, from the homeless to your own spouse and children. Don’t neglect what The Lord has given to you. After this, we are instructed to always be seeking The Lord and His will for our lives. Remaining on His path is of utmost importance to walking out our faith in this world. Seek Him and He will be found. (Jeremiah 29:13). Refrain from drinking wine and instead be filled with His Spirit. That good feeling that some talk of from drinking wine, we, as believers can experience in greater measure from abiding in His Presence. There is joy when we are walking and abiding in His Spirit. Praising our God is one of the most helpful remedies for us to continually walk in God’s light. If praise is on our lips it is hard to fall into the world’s ways of darkness. And lastly, a grateful heart will keep us in His light. So, let’s recap. I invite you to write these down and meditate on them and allow His Spirit to remind you of this list He has provided for us to live in His continual light.
Bullet List of God’s Directives
- Ask God for wisdom
- Make the most of your time
- Seek The Lord for His will for your life
- Be not drunk with wine but abide in His Presence
- Praise The Lord, continually
- Have a grateful heart
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine (as dawn)
upon you and give you light.” (Ephesians 5:14, Amp)
God is calling us as believers to awaken from our sleep and arise from the dead and His promise is that He will give us light.
Oh God, we thank You for the promise of Your light. Help us to walk in it at all times and expose the darkness in this world so that others will also see Your light. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.