Never Walk in Darkness

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I almost didn’t go to the meeting.

The sky was turning dark gray and I was hesitant to possibly be driving in a storm.

At the last minute, I decided to go.

On the way back home when the meeting had ended, it was still raining and lightning was splitting the sky above me.

As I drove, I began to notice that there was a break in the clouds just where the sun was setting.

For about twenty minutes, I watched as magnificent colors of light cascaded across the sky in front of me.

Pulling my car to the side of the road, I took some photographs as the scene unfolded.

As I was continuing my journey home, blazing forks of lightning ripped through the clouds over my car.

There was not a time, however, that I could not see the light piercing through the opening in the atmosphere.

John 8:12 reads,

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Even though we may feel that we are surrounded by darkness and sin in the world, we do not have to walk in darkness ourselves.

We can follow Jesus, who is the light of the world, keeping our eyes on Him.

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Along the Road

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There was once a blind man.

A man who was alive at the time Jesus was here on Earth.

This blind man’s life would soon be changed forever:

Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging.  When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”  Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

—Mark 10:46-52

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What do you think you would do if you had been that blind man?

Would you have followed Jesus on the road?

What if that happened today?

Would you get in the car with Jesus and just go with Him down the road, wherever He went?

Jesus has given us the greatest gift of all.

The gift of salvation.

The gift of eternity with Him in Heaven.

Should we get in our cars and follow Him along the road, wherever He goes?

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Everyone Who Looks

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You can’t wait on anybody else.

If you are hoping that friends or family or coworkers or people in your neighborhood or even people in your church will have a change in heart and choose to follow God and then afterwards YOU will, it just isn’t the best idea.

There is only one clock of life ticking with you.

Everyone else has their own.

It’s ticking with them.

Opportunities that God is placing in front of you will come and go.

You can’t wait for someone to join you in making the decision to obey His voice or not.

It starts with committing your life to Him.

You’d better not wait until your mom, your dad, your grandparents, your spouse or your kids decide to believe in Jesus.

What if they never do?

Then, would that mean that you never do?

And, that being the case, where does that leave you?

In eternity without God.

Your “everybody else in life” may not want to commit to follow Him, go to church, study the Bible or pray.

If that happens, don’t let it stop you from listening to the call of God.

What if someone you know is just waiting for YOU to make that decision?

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For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.

—John 6:40

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Point Me Down Your Highway, God

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I went to a restaurant today.

Not really knowing the way, I relied on a friend to take me there.

I was never in the driver’s seat.

After getting out of the car, we met other friends who had driven there, as well.

After parking the vehicles, we had to walk quite a bit to get to the particular restaurant we were going to.

One person I was with had been there before, so he led the way.

The walkways were crowded, but we were able to follow him through all the turns–past this building and that building.

In fact, it took about twenty minutes to finally arrive at our destination.

There wasn’t a single moment that I was concerned.

Trusting that he knew just where to walk, I simply followed and enjoyed friendly conversation along the way.

After lunch, when it was time to go home, I still had no idea which way led back to the cars.

Trusting my friend once again, I simply followed.

When I got into the car, I had no idea how to get back to the highway and go home.

That wasn’t a problem at all.

I wasn’t driving, but another friend was.

She knew the way home.

There wasn’t a single moment when I was concerned about not knowing the way back.

I trusted her.

As we drove away, there was a long curve in front of us.

Beautiful trees stood in the median, creating a peaceful scene before us.

Sometimes we find ourselves not knowing which way to go in life.

We have to rely on God to take us there.

We aren’t in the driver’s seat.

Since God is the only one who knows where He wants us to go, we have to follow Him.

We are able to follow Him through all the turns–past this situation and that situation.

In fact, it’s going to take us the rest of our lives to reach all the destinations He has planned for us.

As His children, there is no cause for concern.

There may be a long curve in front of us sometimes, but looking to God will bring a peaceful calm.

We can trust Him to know the way.

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