“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed,” John 3:19-20, NKJV.
I had a bad feeling when I got home from an event recently. I was late getting home and the chicken coop was still open. One of our chickens had died that week and we were not sure why, so I had become somewhat overprotective of our other hens. It was late, but I grabbed a flashlight and headed out to the coop before going in the house to retire for the night. It was a good thing I did. As I shined the light in the coop, the girls clucked a little and stared at me, but what was strange was that not a single one of them was roosting. They were all standing on the edges of their nesting boxes—and then I saw why. On the second row of nesting boxes, he was hiding in the corner. A rat had gotten into the coop with “my girls.” As I shined the light on him, he scurried to the back of the coop and tried to hide, but I followed him with the light. Twice he went from one end of the coop to the other; twice, I followed him with the light. The third time, he stood up on his hind legs, wrinkled his nose at me, and then ran to the far end of the coop and went out a tiny hole in the wall. I checked to make sure all the hens were okay, closed the coop door and then went and got steel wool to plug that hole so our invader would find it very difficult to return.
That rat sure did not like the light. He was working his mischief in the darkness and he did not want to be disturbed. When I shined the light on him, he had to change his plans. He did not get to stay and steal whatever he was looking for in the coop that night. And so it is with us. When we are living in disobedience, doing things that are not a part of God’s will for us, when we are sinning—we hide. Adam and Eve started that habit in the garden and it is still with us today. When we step into the light of the holiness of God, we see ourselves as the pitiful, sinful creatures we are. We have to change our plans and we have to stop the things we are doing in disobedience to Him. The amazing part is that God has so much more mercy and grace for us than I did for that rat. I wanted that nuisance gone—permanently. God tells us to come to Him and He will cleanse us and make us new (1 John 1:9; 2 Cor. 5:17-18). He does not reject us in our sin, instead, He died to remove it and to redeem us. We need to step into His light more often. We need Him to reveal where we are and what needs to be confessed and forsaken. As we walk in the light more, we will be more like Him. I prefer that to acting like a rat. Don’t you?
Thought-provoker: Where are we attempting to hide in the darkness because of the things we are doing? Are we willing to step into the light, receive His forgiveness and live differently because of His grace?
Lord, thank You that You want us to be in the light with You and You were willing to pay the ultimate price of salvation so we can. Help us to never take that for granted and to be light-walkers instead of darkness dwellers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.