“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin,” I John 1:5-7, NKJV.
If you have ever heard the expression, “That horse is afraid of his own shadow,” then you need to meet mine. Julio, also known affectionately as “Chicken” around the barn, lives up to his nickname, and recently at a show, he created a new memory for our team. I was warming up in the arena between sessions and the show director decided it was time to turn on the arena lights because the sun was getting low. As we rounded the far corner, the lights came up, and on the arena fence were advertising banners. My horse’s shadow flitted across those banners as we rode by. He saw the shadow go across the second banner and he jumped. Not a bad jump, just enough to let me know he was afraid of the dark horse that was following us across the banner. I stopped and made him face the banner, which made the shadow smaller and more manageable in his mind. He was fine by the time our class started, and he didn’t spook at the shadow while we were in classes, but my riding team had already seen the incident and they were not going to let us live it down. Comments like, “The shadow knows” and “Don’t be afraid of the dark horse on the wing” were made as we rounded the corner again.
What if we were more like my horse? What if we had a healthy fear of causing shadows in our relationship with God due to sin? In the passage today, it says, “…in Him there is no darkness at all.” God cannot bring darkness into our relationship—no sin, no secret lies, and no deception. That means if there is a dark shadow, we cast it. It is our sin and deception; something we are trying to hide that is causing the darkness. But, what if like Julio, we actually jumped away from sin because the idea of a shadow in our relationship with God terrified us, even just a little? What about facing our sin, as I made Julio face that shadow, and confess it to Him and allow Him to cleanse it?
Julio won his class that day after the lights were turned on. What a win it would be for us if we follow his example and stay away from the shadow of sin and keep walking in the Light. And if there is a shadow, face it and allow God to take care of it.
Thought-provoker: What shadows need to be faced and confessed in our lives today? How can we walk more in the Light?
Lord, thank You for showing us we don’t have to have shadows in our relationship with You. Help us to face them and allow You to remove them through Your grace and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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