5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. (1 John 1:5-6)
We inherently know that the main purpose of light is to dispel darkness. This truth becomes obvious every time we encounter darkness. When we walk into a dark room, the first thing we do is turn on the light, so we can see. If we don’t turn on the light and try to walk through the darkness, we stumble, trip, and step on something that hurts our feet.
As followers of Christ, our journey is no different. Jesus came to be a light for us. He came to dispel the darkness of sin that is trying to overcome the world. When we personally find ourselves in a dark place, we can turn to the light to guide us along the right path so that we do not stumble and get hurt. However, if we choose to remain in the darkness, we could face some serious discomfort and pain. Paul warned the Romans about this in his letter to them. (Romans 1:21)
The Lord will not force you to walk in His Light. If you choose to walk in the dark, He will not prohibit you from facing the consequences of your decision. The Bible talks about how we reap what we sow. If we stay on the lighted path following Christ, we will enjoy the benefits from that wise decision. However, if we choose to walk down the path of darkness, away from the Lord, we will reap the adverse consequences.
Are you walking in the Light right now, pursuing the path God has laid out for you? Or have you been walking in darkness and you are realizing you need to turn around? If the latter is true for you, take some time right now to pray and ask the Lord to get you back on track. Ask Him to draw you to Himself and to light the way for you to get back on the path He has just for you.