John 12:46  I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

When we walk in the light, we don’t stumble in the darkness.  How many times have I walked from my bed into the kitchen grabbed a drink of water and made it back into bed without stepping on something or tripping over a chair.  Too many to count

But every now and then that one time, I get off course and BAM.. I step on the dog water dish, run into the island or worse, I step on the dog.  Why does it happen?  I know my house up and down and have for years I can make that walk with my eyes closed. 

 Two issues I think play into this, first as I wrote above, “We get off course”  Every Christian, no matter how hard they try will eventually find themself off the course God has laid out for them.   We have walked this course for a while and soon we feel we know it well enough to do it on our own.  We start to leave Jesus at home or in church and head out on the all to familiar course we know so well.  What could possibly go wrong?

Second reason we stumble is, someone has placed something in our path with or without our knowledge.  Being a Firefighter, I sometimes bring my gear home and set it by the front door.  When I get up to get a drink of water, my path runs (You guessed it) right past the front door and almost every time I will remember my gear as I am falling forward towards the floor.  Or my wife will set something out, and I find it every time.  But these are no different then Satan laying snares in our path.  He knows when we are walking in the light and when we leave the light off and go it alone.  He doesn’t sleep, he is there 24/7 just waiting for you and I to dim our light down just enough so he can trip us up.

If we have called Jesus to be our light, our Lord and Savior, we have the best light possible.  He will shine as bright as the sun if we let Him.   Scottish pastor Alexander MacLaren said: “Rejected light is the parent of the densest darkness, and the man who, having the light, doesn’t trust it, piles around himself thick clouds of obscurity and gloom”.

Failing to trusting the light or rejecting the light all together can and will lead you to falls, heartaches and darkness that will only bring you forever pain.

This coming Christmas season, call unto Jesus to be your light and shine in your life, like the sun on a mid summer day.

Merry Christmas